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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.

Alison MacDonald
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Terrier cross
Date of Birth:
c. 2006
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I joined Pepper, Tigger and Alison in October 2009. They found me with SNAP and not much history. I'm a very friendly boy, love all people and animals and expect them all to love me too. If there's a lap around it's mine, even if someone else gets there first. Next to laps, my favorite thing is to be outside and to leap through the air and run as fast as I can. I always come back though. Alison says I'm pretty smart, but I don't look before I run and I find ways to get out of the yard so she has to keep an eye on me all the time.

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