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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.

Arlene Shousterman
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Lab/chow.shepard X
Date of Birth:
May 1994
Date of Death
May 2004
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Kallie was a stray that rescued a family and then a community.
She came to live with us shortly after Christmas 1994. 
A brutally cold winter and because of the neglect she 
suffered she had no winter coat. Kallie was such a bad dog we
had to wake her up to tell her she was good! She brought calmness 
and peace to a family with two young teens. She was the 
inspiration for our community's leash free dog park. 
She was someone's throw away dog. In truth she was an angel 
dog that made a difference in the lives of many people and 
pets. Her legacy lives on at the dog park! We know you are 
in heaven!

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