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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.

Raevyn Martin
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Chihuahua Yorkie cross
Date of Birth:
July 8, 2003
Coat Colour:
black, tan, white
Eye Colour:

I can do tricks like giving high fives and a tiny bit of agility. I'm  a very hyper, but have a sweet personality. I LOVE my cookies and squeeky toys. What I don't like is strangers and I tend to greet all clowns with the loudest growl I have... but I do not bite, my owner makes sure I do not. I don't like having baths but do enjoy a good swim in a puddle.
I miss my best friend... she was a cat named Blackie who had passed at the age of 21. She was like a mother to me.

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