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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.

Terri Bennett
Province, Country:
TX, United States
Chow/English Springer Spaniel
Date of Birth:
January 1991
Date of Death
April 16 2006
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Eye Colour:
Amber Brown

I Thank You Friend

for being ever faithful and vigilant

for your love and undying devotion

for your patience when I clearly lacked the same

for the furry shoulder you let me cry on

for keeping my secrets and never judging

for 15 years of protecting me

even from myself.

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