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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.

diane gilker
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
OCT 15 94
Date of Death
JAN 10 04
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To my wonderful friend, thank you for sharing your life with us. You are sadly missed by everyone. It was a cold sunny day when we lay you beneith the ground, under a tree in your favorite place to be. Now you can run forever in your happy place, free of pain, suffer no more my friend. They said it was the right thing to do, but how we miss you. I kissed your forhead when they said you were gone and said goodbye, until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge. Sleep in peace my beautiful boy. I love you always.

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