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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.

Amanda Heldsinger
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
May 2005
Date of Death
March 5, 2007
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We adopted Francis,along with his brother Patrick, 2 years ago and could not believe how

much we would grow to love these little guys.  Francis had seemed his usual happy self

right up until we went to take them out for a little exercise on Monday night and sadly

he had passed away.  We will miss him and think about him every day and hope that

somehow Patrick will be able to live without his constant companion.  Hopefully

Cooler, Chazzy, Nickers and Grandpa were there to welcome him home.  Godspeed


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