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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.

caroline sturtze
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
wirehaired dachsund
Date of Birth:
may 1997
Date of Death
october 28, 2008
Coat Colour:
black and tan
Eye Colour:

beloved fur baby to your mum. I fell in love with you the moment I first saw you. I knew you were the one  and only and always will be. I love that you brought love and laughter to my life. I miss your soft licks, your snuggling, your calling out to me for love and attention,your happiness to see me every minute of the day, your huge personality for such a little boy. You were  so very special  and loved by so many. I miss you with all my heart. love mummy.

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