Most dog owners have experienced that awkward moment when guests arrive and the family dog – full of love and joy – begins sniffing at the guests in all the wrong places. You’ll be relieved to know that there are a few tricks to help your dog learn when to sniff, and when to stay back.
Sniffing is an important and natural behaviour for dogs. With more than 220 million sensors in their noses (compared to only 5 million in humans), dogs have an extremely keen sense of smell – more than 10,000 times more sensitive than humans. Not only does sniffing allow them to identify and understand the world around them, it helps them determine the health, gender and mood of other dogs. Their extraordinary sniffing talent is what makes dogs suitable for forensic, medical and policing applications.
Sniffing is an important part of a dog’s behaviour, but there are a few tricks you can use to help your dog learn when sniffing is off limits.