Dogs, why is it that they always sniff every single plant they see?

asked 2015-06-03 14:50:02 -0600

Any ideas?

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answered 2015-08-27 10:10:52 -0600

The primary reason dogs sniff around so much is so that they can identify whatever it is smelling. The dog's nose is considered to be their best “equipment”. The nose is one of the reasons why the primitive dog survived in the wild. Apart from scenting the prey, the excellent sense of smell enables the to dog to avoid danger.

Dogs have millions more scent receptors than we do and the way they process smells is very different as well. For dogs, scents are comparable to how we perceive things by sight.

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answered 2015-06-03 18:49:21 -0600

This article explains it well. http://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyve...

Someone (sorry can't recall who to give credit) once wrote: Long before Facebook, dogs had their own way of tagging &writing on the wall.

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Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Frances M.'s profile image Frances M.  ( 2015-06-04 11:22:21 -0600 ) edit
answered 2015-08-28 18:06:00 -0600

I usually point the dog smelling situation out to people who tell me that it's sad that dogs are color blind. They are actually color different (i.e. see a different spectrum). Plus, they see us poor humans and note that we are odor blind.

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