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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.

Nick Jeanvoine
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Yorkshire Terrier
Date of Birth:
September, 1991
Date of Death
December 21, 2003
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My dog Rusty was an amazing animal.  He would greet me at the door everyday when I would get home from school.  My parents and I lost our beloved rusty close to Christmas in 2003.  He always liked to play and have long walks with our mother. 


I miss you everyday.  There is not a day that goes when I do not think of you.  I love you.  I am still weeping and so is mom.  We love and miss you a lot.  I hope to see you at Rainbow Bridge.

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