Caissie Canine Instruction: A dog’s unique sense of smell
We begin this week with the RUFF TAILS of AENGUS:
Hello everyone, Aengus here. I’m a one and half year old border collie and I sleep like this and this couch seems somewhat uncomfortable.
Story….so naturally I fixed it,
and now my neck doesn’t hurt
Welcome to Doggie Dialogue:
Did you know, a dog’s sense of smell is approximately 100,000 times greater than ours.
Your dog’s sense of smell is like your dog having a super power.
As a dog owner, we are often too familiar with a dog’s incessant need to stop and sniff. However, to your dog, this behavior helps them identify what’s happening in their environment as well as, minimize their level of stress. When you’re out for your daily walk with your dog, you’re actively soaking up the fresh air, sights, and sounds all around you – well, your dog is doing the same thing, sniffing out the area. Your dog is processing information such as, “who lives here?”, or “who has passed by recently? They are constantly learning about their surroundings.
When you are out on your walk allow your dog to spend the first 5 minutes of their walk sniffing. This can be the “best part” of their walk, and you will fulfill a vital part of your dog’s needs.
Even if your walk is a familiar walk, the scents to your dog are always changing, and your dog is processing new information (even if you pass by the same area 100 times).
Dogs learn to associate the human scent with positive experiences, which create a strong emotional bond with their owners.
Dogs are able to distinguish their owner’s scent from that of other people. This is why some of our clients have used old t-shirts when accompanying their dog to the vet to help ease their dog’s anxiety and stress.
A variety of different breeds, by using the power of their noses, can detect explosives, drugs, and even cancer cells.
Canine cancer screening relies on the olfactory ability of dogs to detect in human’s low concentrations of aromatic compounds and alkanes generated by malignant tumors. The dog’s ability to detect this is through a person’s breath, sweat, or even urine. Dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses and the part of the dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is approximately 40 times greater than ours.
By using the power of their noses, some dogs can help track and find lost people and/or animals.
We would like to give a BIG shout out to Steve, K9’s MISA and VANDAL who just got accepted into the Ontario SAR’s program (search and rescue)