Your dog’s nose smells everything—from a delicious new dog bone, to a nasty surprise left behind by a neighbor dog. A dog’s nose might seem basic, a tool used to smell the world around them, but on the contrary, your canine’s nostrils are fairly complex. Enjoy these 10 funny facts about your dog’s nose, perhaps some of the strange things they do will start to make more sense.
1. Items that have no smell to you or I can have a unique and identifying scent to your dog. On average a dog’s nose has 200 to 250-million scent receptors. As a comparison, us humans only have 5 million. Some breeds can smell even better than others; Dachshunds have only 125 million (only, ha!) while the Bloodhound has a whooping 300 million scent receptors.
2. While 5% of the human brain is dedicated to analyzing the smells around us, 33% of dog brains are dedicated to sense of smell.
3. Just like human fingerprints can help identify someone, a dog’s nose print can help identify dogs. Insurance companies, breeders, and others that need to identify your dog might require a nose print.
4. Ever wonder why your dog’s nose is wet? When working properly, lateral glands release fluids so that healthy dog noses have the lubrication they need to continue smelling everything. After all, it’s the mucus on a dog’s nose that helps them pick up surrounding scent particles. Looking for a dry nose remedy for your dog? Snout Soother is the go-to Natural Dog product for everything from rough pug noses to crusty dog noses.
5. A warm dog nose is a key indicator that your dog is not feeling well. The moment you discover your dog’s warm nose is no reason to panic, instead give it some time and if within 24-hours a warm, dry dog nose persists, there might be something going on under the surface. Snout Soother has been able to relieve many precious pups of a consistently dry dog nose.
6. A metal detector might fail to detect a plastic mine, but your dog’s nose will not. Dogs can even smell out a landmine, specially trained canines can detect the molecules explosive materials let off in the air, identifying the exact location of a smells’ source.
7. When you take your dog to the vet he can actually smell if the dog that was previously in the waiting room was nervous or excited.
8. Dog owners know how often butt sniffing takes place, but with such a strong sniffer why in the world would a dog want to smell a butt? To us humans, every dog butt smells the same—like poo, but to your dog every butt has a slightly different scent, indicating if a dog is a male or female, what they recently ate, how old they are, and their emotional state, among other things that help a dog decide if they should be friends or not. Just like we recognize each other by facial features, a dog can recognize an old or new friend by smelling their backside. Butt smelling isn’t only useful during new encounters though; dogs that live together also sniff each other’s behinds, often after a stressful event, or simply after playing outdoors. According to some dog trainers, butt-smelling has a calming effect on dogs.
9. Even worse than smelling butts is when your dog presses their nose into a pile of dog poo—perhaps even going so far as to eat it. Why in the world would a dog do this? In the wild the scent of a dog’s feces can alert predators to their existence. This is especially true with puppy poo, as the high milk content makes their bowel movements smell entirely unique; in order to protect pups from predators, dogs have adapted a natural instinct of eating their own poop.
10. What about human crotches, why are some dogs so keen on smelling down there? Since the butt is the first place a dog goes to seek out information about another dog, the crotch is a logical place to start uncovering the intentions of any humans in the room as well.
Your dog’s nose is an incredibly important asset to them, they depend on it to analyze and make assumptions about the world. Therefore, if your dog’s nose is dry, crusty, flakey, or discolored, their nose might not be working properly, and might also be causing them pain. Give your dog the relief they deserve with Snout Soother, our all-natural organic pet product proven to work on a number of dog nose conditions.
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