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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.

Julie Heldsinger
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
April 2007
Date of Death
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Coat Colour:
Black and White
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Sammy was part of a litter of 3 rats that were born to what we thought

was a male rat and turned out to be a female.  Even though we added

3 more rats to the 3 we already had we enjoyed everyday with them

and to see them from birth is something we will never forget.  He was

gone so suddenly and we can only hope he is frolicking up above with

Patrick and Francis


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