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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.

Natasha Campeau
Province, Country:
QC, Canada
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Coat Colour:
black and tan
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My name is Nick, I'm an 8 year old German Shepherd male and my life changed in 2 ways in the last years.  For one thing, I was adopted by Natasha who worked at the the shelter were I was abandonned FOR THE 4th time!!!!!! In 5 years.  No one thought I would ever find a home because of my age and the fact that ,my previous owners had told the people who worked at the shelter that I was aggressive!  Well, I guess Nat saw past the "beware of aggressive dog" signe on my cage and after weeks of caring for me at the shelter she saw the great dog I really was and decided to take me in as a roommate!!!!! I now had my own "little house" inside the big house,(some call it a cage), but I could go in and out and was never locked in!!!! And she put 2  comforters both folded in 4  so I would have something soft to lie on that was ALL MINE!!!!!  I am always welcomed on the bed, but I prefer my little house. I know Nat wishes I would sleep next to her but my previous owners were so mean about it, I just can't get used to the idea that I'm allowed!!
The other  thing that changed in my life is that 2 and a half months ago, I was hit by a car, and subsequently LOST MY RIGHT FRONT PAW.
Nat and her Mom tried EVERYTHING to save my paw, all to no avail.  When I realized that I had been amputated, I went into a DEEP depression. I wouldn,t eat, drink or sleep. I was in pain from the operation and thought I would never have fun again.
Then ,one day Nat started taking me to the park like old times!!(she wasn't allowed to take me out long because of the injury for 2 months) I was no longer in pain and I saw another dog! WOW!! A FRIEND!! I thought because of this accident I would be locked in the house forever,yet, here I was, in my favourite dog park RUNNING with another dog!! Yes!! I could RUN!! Even with only 3 legs!!!! And I can,t TELL you the attention I get!  Everyone thinks I'm a HERO!! People come up and pat me ALL THE TIME!! WEll, I am very Cute!!

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