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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.

nick barbera
mt ephraim
Province, Country:
NJ, United States
Lab mix
Date of Birth:
dec 25th 1987
Date of Death
oct 25th 2004
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
black, with a little white
Eye Colour:

Its been almost 3 months without you, and everyday you are not here it get's harder and harder. You are, always will be my best friend. Hopefully one day, when I to pass on, I will be able to see your happy face, your unforgettable bark, and your wet kisses.

I love you boy


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