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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.

Linda Brethour
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June 2000
Date of Death
March 17, 2006
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Kyara was a dog we rescued from the pound when she was about 1 year old. She had already had a litter of pups and was turned in as a "stray". She was the most loving and gentle dog with any human large or small. She really loved people. Her one drawback was the typical Akita aversion to small animals and her need to dominate them. She was taken from us far too soon and suddenly. I took her to the vet at 2 pm and she was dead by 8 pm. We still miss her.

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