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Dog is a Crotch Sniffer – Pet tip 245

Most dog owners are aware that dog noses are extremely sensitive. This is due to the quantity of olfactory or ‘smell’ receptors in a dog’s nose. Whereas humans have around five million olfactory receptors, dogs have two hundred and twenty million. This makes their noses exponentially more sensitive than a human’s. Most times a dog’s sensitive nose works to our benefit. All kinds of dogs are used as service dogs to help humans find missing people, sniff out explosives, drugs etc. They can smell people coming from quite a distance and alert us to their presence. There are some embarrassing occasions however, when a dog’s nose is just too sensitive from our human perspective. Most notably this occurs when dogs try to sniff humans in their private areas.

This behaviour is a common one in dogs and equally common is the fact that it upsets most dog owners. The reason some dogs sniff at a human’s private parts is the same reason they sniff the private parts of other dogs. We know that when they smell other dogs in this way they can tell the sex, rank (is the dog more dominant or submissive) age and other information about the dog.

Andria Gordon
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Whippet / American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
Date of Birth:
Unknown ( ~January 2000)
Coat Colour:
brindle & white
Eye Colour:

Hi, my name is Siris. I'm a mutt - the vets think I am part whippet and part american staffordshire terrier. My mom rescued me from a shelter out in the sticks - I was about to be sold for research.  I love walks, chasing balls, tugging on ropes, and lounging around with my family, oh and people. All people. I'm an energetic little girl - I'm already three, but I have no intention of slowing down any time soon. I'm getting over separation anxiety - I still get anxious sometimes if I'm left alone, especially in a new place.  When my mom takes me to work, I freak out if she even goes to use the washroom. I live with a cat named Felix who likes to give me a hard time.  I'm in the Annex area in downtown Toronto. Maybe I'll see you in the park!

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