A dog’s primary sense is his sense of smell. Our fur-kids have such an incredible sense
of smell that they can find out all sorts of things about a person or place that we never could….just by sniffing! Sometimes that presents an embarrassing situation.
Like when you have a guest over and your fur-kid’s nose ends up pushed in their nether-regions.
Sniffing the rear and front ends must allow dogs to find out many things that they couldn’t discover otherwise, as they spend a great amount of time with their nose up each other’s butts (and ours too for that matter!).
- If you start by observing how two fur-kids (who have not been taught not to be dogs!) greet each other…they do so with their noses. They sniff each others rear ends and other private parts.
- A fur-kid’s noise is its most powerful sense – more so than their hearing, and sight. Dogs have +/- 300 hundred million olfactory senses in their nose whereas we humans have a paltry 3 million olfactory sensors.
- In addition to their heightened sense of smell, dogs have anal sacs which emit scent (under their tail).
So now you can start to understand why dogs ‘sniff a person’s butt and/or crotch’ right?
A dog uses its sense of smell to understand who you are! When a dog sniffs it receives a TON of what they must feel is important information…it is a feast for their senses, for their mind. Scents stick around for a long time once they have been laid, and to your fur-kid, sniffing is something like watching a video of all the things that may have happened there in the past (although I can’t tell you what kind of video is playing in their mind when their nose is in your crotch). Each dog, just like each person has their own unique scent – kind of like a finger print (the equivalent for a dog is a nose print).