Sunday, 7:00 a.m. You’re out walking your dog and all you dream about is getting back in bed quickly but your friend does not help you and stops at every tree, hydrant and building and you start your day slightly annoyed? Have you ever wondered what function the sniffing plays in the life of a dog?
Dogs have an average of 250 million scent receptors in their nose, while humans only have 5 million.With such incredibly sensitive noses and olfactory organs, dogs can read information that we can only dream of.From a small drop of urine, a dog can perfectly determine an animal’s species, age, reproductive ability, stress level, diet, and the time the animal last visited a place.
In addition, dogs have a special organ called Jacobson’s organ.It is located inside the nasal cavity and opens onto the roof of the mouth behind the upper incisors.The information received by this organ goes rosto the limbic system, which regulates mood and drives emotions.Sniffing is also a calming signal which dogs use to ask other dogs to relax.Sometimes you may notice that your dog starts sniffing an object or grass to avoid confrontation with other dog or human.
I love comparing dog sniffing stops to our checking social media.How much time did you spend on social media today? Give your dog time to gather information and enrich his world.