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Pet Tip

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.

Owner:
Gary and Scott Kent
City:
Fort McMurray
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Type/Breed:
Mini Pot Belly Pig / Vietnamese
Date of Birth:
Oct. 28 2003
Sex:
Female
Height:
24
Weight:
175
Coat Colour:
Mostly Black
Eye Colour:
Black

Favorite snacks besides Abbey's regular food.  Abbey loves plain Cheerios, slices of potatoes, unsalted crackers, mini carrots, loves popcorn(goes wild over any snack that sometimes is not for her).
Abbey is completely litter box trained.  She loves to sleep on the sofa, with the comforter over her, and in our bed if given the chance(which seems to be a lot lately).  Abbey also understands certain commmands, such as "No" and "Sit", and just recently learned how to stand up and beg on her hind legs.
Abbey has two sounds that she makes.  One is barking like a dog when she chases her owners around the house.  The other is squacking like a chicken when someone goes into the kitchen.  <<<---For she thinks that we eat non-stop, or she thinks that we are getting food for her all the time.
Abbey also has her favorite chew toys.  She love to chew on an old shoe (where she is the teething stage).  She loves to chew on her dental chew toys and play with her new ball (which she loves to nose around the floor).
She is now 3 years old (October 28, 2006).
On September 2, 2004...Abbey went for her first visit to the Veternarian.  To our surprise, she was very calm, except when the Vet had to trim her hooves, for which she was not a big fan of, but she made it through.  Abbey was also given her De-worming medication for the year, so tricking her to take it will be a challenge.  All in all,,,Abbey had a very productive and calming first trip to the Vet.
Abbey does not like being left alone, for when either one of us has to go out, she will bite on our shoes until we leave.  And when we come home, she will grunt as if to say "About time you both got home, now get into clothes that I recognize you in.
As Abbey keeps growing and gets older, we will update her progress as the events in her life happen.
Links:
http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/novascotia_potbellypig_group/
 

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