Your Dog's Nose Has A Keen Sense of Smell

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Dogs rely more on their sense of smell to explore their world just has people rely on their eye sight. Dogs also take in has much information through their nose has people do through their eyes, it’s hard to believe but true.

When you’re out walking your dog and you meet another dog, the first thing they do is smell each other , or if you meet a friend that your dog has not met before your dog will smell them, because your dog is gathering information and will also remember those smells the next time.

To gain more respect for your dog's sense of smelling ability, lets see  how it compare to a person's nose. Each one has scent-detecting cells within a spongy membrane as well as the nerves that send information to the brain. In a person the area containing these odor analyzers is about the size of a postage stamp, but in the dog if unfolded would be about the size of copy paper

A dog's brain is also programmed for identifying scents. The percentage of the dog's brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is actually 40 times larger than that of a human! It's been estimated that dogs can identify smells somewhere between 1,000 to 10,000 times better than people can. Humans have about 5 million Scent Receptors, where dogs like a German Shepherd will have about 225 million Scent Receptors and a Bloodhound will have 300 million Scent Receptors. This is why in our modern world dogs are used to sniff out bombs and find hidden drugs and criminals hiding or on the run, or even find you in the yard or house .

Take a magnifying glass and look at your dogs nose, you will see a pattern of lines and ridges around and blending in with your dog’s nostril openings making up a nose print, some believe it to be as individual has a person’s fingerprints. Many Companies and kennel clubs around the world register nose prints of dogs as a way of identifying them and also to find them if they are lost or stolen.

If you want to take a nose print of your dog’s nose it's real easy, always press softly on your dog’s nose so you do not hurt it in any way. First wipe your dog's nose with a Paper towel to make sure it is dry, with food coloring on a cotton ball lightly coat your dog’s nose with it. You may need someone to help you while you get your dogs nose print. Hold a pad of paper to their nose, make sure to let the pad's sides curve around to pick up a print  from both sides of the dog's nose . You may have to try a few times until you get the right amount of food coloring and the right amount of pressure to get a good print in which the little patterns on the nose are clean and clear.The food coloring is nontoxic and can be cleaned off your dog’s nose easily. Never use ink or paint on your dog’s nose, it could hurt their nose and also could make them very sick.

So next time you are out with your dog and see them smelling everything around them you’ll know they are gathering information about their world .

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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

This is such a cute and interesing hub. I have two dogs and they are two of my best buddies on this earth. I am always so intrigued by how much they sniff on our walks. I LOVE the picture of your dog on the profile pic. What a hip dog you have there. Great job here. UP AWESOME BEAUTIFUL USEFUL and UP.


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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Thanks for your great comments Minnetonka Twin, dogs are so smart and they will always be a faithful friend. Glad you like my profile picture,she is one cool dog!


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multifunctions 6 years ago from India

yes , kashmir apt topic , many people do not understand that strong scents, pefumes etc irritate dogs due to the sensitivity and we just can not even feel it because of less sensitivity and grope into why the dog is so perturbed.


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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts Author

You are right multifunction that why you always must be careful with the cleaning products you use has well.

Thanks for your great comment!!!


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toknowinfo 6 years ago

It has always fascinated me that dogs brains are in their noses. Great hub, easy to read and so informative. I never knew you could take a nose print of your dog. Does the CIA know this?


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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Thank you toknowinfo, dog's noses are amazing and make cute nose prints to. The CIA knows everything....don't they?


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patdmania 5 years ago from waterford, mi

That is pretty amazing. Over a 1000 times better that a human nose. Thanks for the good hub!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Thanks patdmania for your comments, yes dogs Keen Sense of Smell is amazing!


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leabeth 5 years ago

This is a very interesting and informative hub. I will now be much more careful when spraying anything close to my 4-legged children.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi leabeth nice to see you, yes it is a good idea to not spray anything around your dogs. Their nose is very sensitive and how they get most of their information so it is good to be careful of their nose.


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Big Brother 5 years ago from Earth

Excellent Hub my friend. I learn from this Hub many things about dogs. All Vote UP.

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Big Brother, nice to see you thanks for stopping by ! It is always nice when you can learn new thing from someone's hub !


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi,

What a fantastic hub - I've had dogs all my life and never knew about the nose print. I think dogs are just the best and the more I find out about them the more facinating they become.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Seeker7 nice to see you, yes your are so right dogs are real fascinating, thank you so much for your comments it is always nice to meet another person that loves dogs.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Another good hub. Yes, dogs not only have superior smelling capacity over humans, but they are way more intelligent than a lot of people i know. LOL.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi d.william nice to see you and i think you are right dogs are more intelligent than a lot of people and i think we all can learn a lot from dogs ! Thanks for your comments and to for stopping by !


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DOGS 101 5 years ago from Planet Earth

Excellent article. I learned a lot from reading it.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi DOGS 101 nice to see you, glad you enjoined this hub and glad to hear in gave you information you did not know before . Thanks for your comments and to for stopping by !


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I am going to have to a magnifyer now and look at Jessie's nose, you know :). Lovely hub


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ethel nice to see you, so glad to hear you enjoyed this hub ! Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !

Have a great weekend !!!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

This was so interesting, seems I still learn something new everyday. Thanks


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Becky nice to see you, i love it when i read someone's hub and end up learning something new ! Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


Allison 5 years ago

My pomeranian has a runny nose and won't stay awake for longer than 10 seconds at a time!!!! What do I do?!? The vet is closed right now, should I let her sleep or try to keep her awake!!!! HELP!!!!


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angie ashbourne 4 years ago

Hi! kashmir56 I enjoyed reading your hub. I might try it with Marsha. Angie


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Angie nice to see you, glad to hear you enjoyed reading this hub. If you do try the nose print be very gentle with you dogs nose and wash the food coloring off right away,good luck. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

300 million sent receptors in a bloodhound? My goodness! I know that the St. Bernard can smell things from up to two miles away, but I would have never guessed dogs had such a powerful sent of smell. Thank you for this useful information!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KDuBarry03 nice to see you,glad you enjoy reading this hub and found this information useful. Yes dogs are incredible when it comes to what they can smell and to remembering those smells as well. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Dogs are just wonderful. They can lift our days to brighter, and happier ones with wags of their tails. They are so loyal, and cherish their masters in all cases unless they are treated mean. They are hunters when they , or us need food. They are brave for children, and for families, or for a master.They are very powerful in the love department for masters, and families. They save lives, and fight crime too. I did not know their since of smell was that good. I knew they were good, but they are fantastic. God Bless You, and thank you for the knowledge .


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend Stars nice to see you, yes dogs are all those things and more . And do you know why a dog is so loving and loyal and brave,because dog spelled backward is God and he gave us dogs that love us more than they love themselves,just like God does. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

fluffy and cute hub. Dogs are amazing creatures. Bravo my friend!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi M. my friend nice to see you, nice to hear you have enjoyed reading this hub . Yes you are right dogs are such amazing creatures and so full of love has well. Thanks so much for the Bravo ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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ignugent17 4 years ago

So cute dog! Thanks for the information about how dogs use it's nose . Voted up and more. :-)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ignugent17 nice to see you, so glad to hear you enjoyed this information on how important a dogs nose is to him or her. Thanks so much for the vote up and more ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi kashmir56,

I will tell you a little story of mine, i went for a study leave for a year and i never went back home until the end of studies. When i completed my studies at the end of the year, i headed home and got home at night. I was very cautious lest the dog run mayhem on me, i was surprised that even after one year the family dog still recognized me, came calm to greet me and welcomed me home. It is true, dogs have Keen Sense of Smell. Voted up, interesting and shared with followers.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi dwachira nice to see you, your dog recognized you because dogs not only have a keen sense of smell but they remember every smell they has smelled. Thanks so much for the voted up, interesting and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Nose prints huh, what a great idea for IDing that pet pooch! I agree, dogs have an amazing sense of smell ... I've met them years later, looking completely different and they have recognized me instantly ... must have amazing memories too!! ha ha

Shared, up, interesting, pinned and tweeted.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Interesting hub funny you should mention a dog's nose. We have a Springer and the other night he was growling. My husband ask why he was doing that and I said there is something outside he doesn't like. Later I turned on the yard light and saw a timber wolf going down our drive-way. This dog has done this when a bear is around. He was acting up tonight and I thought maybe he needed to go outside he loves to go out but he wouldn't go out in fact he backed away from the door. I think he must have smelled the wolf again. This wolf thinks our yard is his playground.

Voted up on your hub.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Brett nice to see you, Yes dogs can remember ever smell they smell so it was not hard for that dog to remember you. Thanks so much for your shared, up, interesting, pinned and tweeted ! Also thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi moonlake nice to see you, very interesting but i think the wolf smells your dog too and that is why he keeps coming back to your yard. Thanks so much for the vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I think he does smell our dog and cats, but I think he also really wants to get to the our meadow where the deer hang out. He was headed in that direction.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Yes moonlake i think you are right, he is looking to get a deer for supper. Thanks so much for stopping by again and to for your nice comments !


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Tom,

We have always kidded that when we walk our dogs (now down to just one...but at times, we had 3) and they lingered over one smell or another...that they were reading their newspaper. It is nice for people to understand that our dogs are endowed with so much more sense of smell than we are. Up, interesting and sharing.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Peggy nice to see you and i do agree with you that a dog's smell is much more superior that a humans. And i like your reading the newspaper expression that sums it up awesomely ! Thanks for your up, interesting and sharing ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

How interesting. I learned a lot about the dog's sense of smell. I have always been amused by how they seem to sniff at everything. Very interesting and useful, and of course up.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend KoffeeKlatch Gals nice to see you, yes dogs are very amazing when it comes to their sense of smell. Nice to hear you found this article interesting with useful information . Thanks so much for the vote up and more ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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