Did You Know...
Updated: Sep 14, 2020
A dog's sense of smell is the most highly evolved sense. Dogs gather information about their immediate environment via smelling odors and they can use each nostril independently to increase their smelling abilities. About 35% of the dog's brain deals with odors while only 5% in humans is devoted to smell. The olfactory cortex in dogs is about 40 times larger than that of a human...40 times larger!! So next time you are having a BBQ in your garden and a dog comes wondering in from god knows where, you will know why. Dogs often follow and trust their nose above any other sense - even if it means following it into a ditch or a prickly bush! Still this doesn't put them off sniffing their way through the day as it makes them so happy to be doing something so natural and fun.
The power of smell is greatly misused in our beloved pets. There are many ways in which us, as carers, can work with our dog's keen sense of smell to better their enrichment and make them happier in general. After all they have a sniff first and ask questions later kind of attitude towards every day life so it would be a shame to let it go to waste.
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