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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.

Victoria Lechler
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Newfoundland Cross
Date of Birth:
September 15, 2002
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 I live on a ranch that has cows and my job is to go out with my owner and take care of them. In my spare time I enjoy playing tuggy,  eating bones, playing with my grandmother's Bichon cross Taffy and catching gophers are some of my more enjoyed activities. What I really LOVE though is swimming. Thankfully I live by a river and get to go all the time in the river. I really enjoy it if my owner comes in the water with me so I can splash her. I am a very happy dog!:)

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