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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.

Joy Gartside
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Sweetpea, our gerbil, sadly passed away on Friday 05 August 2005 after contracting a mystery illness. Her passing was swift, within hours of showing signs of being ill, she had passed away.

Although she was not an old gerbil, she had led a full life.

She joined our family after we took pity on her in the petshop. She was the last one left, and was chewing up the dividers between the cages in her boredom.

She was renowned for her abilities to escape from her cage, and had several escapades. She survived being caught by the cat twice  She once spent the night behind our fire after escaping and refused to come out.

Farewell Sweetpea, much loved, and now at peace once more.

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