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Friday, 19 June 2015

A Dogs Nose Knows What A Dogs Nose Knows!

Siberian Husky Sniffing
The nose of a dog is nothing less than remarkable. Dogs see the whole world with their noses. They explore with it, they find things with it, they can sniff out just about anything with it! For certain dog breeds, their whole lives revolve around their noses - for instance, police dogs who have been trained to sniff out narcotics and/or weapons have extremely important jobs with their nose. Even for our pet dogs, their nose is their world.


When I see my huskies sniffing around the house or the yard, I often wonder exactly what smells they are picking up. So I decided to do a little bit of research on the subject. One of the things I learned is there is no exact scientific research on exactly how much stronger a dogs nose is than a humans. The numbers I found ranged from 1,000 to 10,000,000 times stronger than humans, depending on the breed of dog. WOW, that is a lot stronger than our noses, that's for sure!


dog sniffing the ground
Our dogs will not only use their noses to find things, and see who's been around the area, they also use their noses for inspecting, and taking comfort in smelling things that are familiar to them - such as us humans, or their surroundings. Ever notice that your dog will sniff the area which he is about to lay down in? He is inspecting the area as we would with our eyes before laying, or sitting down. Dogs also love the smell of their humans. They know our scents and I believe they find comfort in that. My huskies also like to do yard inspections. Every time they go out for a bathroom break, each of them sniff out their own areas before they will go.

Did You Know?
The wetness (mucus) on a dogs nose is used to help capture scent particles? It's true. You will often notice a dog will lick his nose if it becomes dry. They want to keep that wetness there so they don't miss a beat! Or....a smell, I should say.




Today's Flashback Friday photo is staying on topic with dogs noses. This pic shows Koda being "nosy" wondering what mama is cooking up on the stove.

Flashback Fridays is a blog hop hosted by Five Sibes Mom.
Co hosted by me, from Love is being owned by a husky.

We were happy to parade dog noses today on The Pet Parade blog hop.
This hop is hosted by Rascal and Rocco.
Co hosted by Jans Funny Farm, Bionic Basil, Barking From The Bayou and me from Love is being owned by a husky.





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32 comments:

  1. I always wonder what they're smelling, too! Or what it's like to be able to smell absolutely everything. I once heard that dogs could smell a drop of blood in an Olympic sized swimming pool.

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    1. wow! You know, i wouldn't doubt it! Their sense of smell is truly incredible!

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  2. Speedy spends a lot of time smelling too especially when we are out on our adventures,xx Rachel

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    1. Oh adventure time is just the best isn't it? So many new smells!!

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  3. I always wondered about the whole smelling thing too! Very interesting!

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    1. It really is interesting. I mean the fact that they can smell thousands and thousands times more than we can is amazing!

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  4. We too knows what the nose knows LOL.

    Wags from Laika & Vaks.

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  5. All that sniffing and smelling is very important to us. Mom is always amazed how our snooter lift to the skies when we catch the passing smell of a rabbit or squirrel that we may not have seen YET, but we know it is there:)

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. Oh I know!!! I always know when there is an animal or something around because their noses go nutso!

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  6. I have always been amazed by the power of a dogs nose. Veruca can smell a deer the second in enters our yard!

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  7. Jack & Maggie walk with their noses to the ground, I don't understand why they don't get overwhelmed with all the smells they must take in!

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    1. Yea, you would think it would be enough to drive you bonkers!

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  8. Kilo may have a very small nose but he can smell everything! It's so interesting how good their sense of smell is.

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    1. Oh yes! Small nose, big nose, a dogs nose knows what a dogs nose knows.

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  9. Very interesting! Bentley's nose is second only to the Bloodhound in smelling ability. It was explained to me that when we smell a stew cooking, we smell the combination everything simmering together. When a dog smells a stew, they smell every single ingredient individually.

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  10. The awesome title matched the awesome post in awesomeness!!! :-))

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  11. You know each nostril acts independently too! Mom can put one of our odor hides (2 Q-Tips) somewhere in the outdoor hockey rink by our house, either on the ground or in the boards somewhere and we can find it in no time flat. She is amazed by us and what we can do!

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    1. I know you pups are amazing at your nose work!!! I love reading those posts where you share you nose talents!!!

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  12. Our dawgs like to use their noses to find the birds. :)

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    1. Yes! that's another good one! hunting dogs and all the work with the blinds etc...FAB work!

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  13. We're always sniffing stuff and the mom can never figure out what it is we smell. The nose knows!

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  14. Their noses really are amazing! And sometimes annoying, when you're trying to go for a walk, and they have to stop and smell every little thing! BOL!
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. Oh boy, I know what you mean! I always say to my huskies "what do you think your hound dogs or something?" because they ALWAYS have their noses to the ground when we are out walking!

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  15. The nose is one of the best features of a dog,

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  16. Dogs' noses are truly remarkable, I'm always amazed at what they can sniff out. My Husky has a big snout and definitely has a Nose for News! Nothing gets by her. I'd like to see a lot more dogs working side by side with Police Officers in airports and other public transportation vehicles and in finding lost children. So much can get by a human nose, but not a dog's nose!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Oh I know!!! It truly is nothing short of amazing!!!

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