A Dog Nose…or is it Knows?
Charlie Bear here.
Did you know? A dog’s nose is nothing short of a miracle (that one isn’t mine by the way).
Today, Dr. Jon of PetPlace would like to tell you some fascinating things about our sense of smell.
A dog explores and discovers its world through the scent of smell. It is our keenest sense. It is estimated that a dog (like me) can identify smells thousands of times better than humans can. (Which is why dogs are so effective at search and rescue–duh!)
The nose is filled with odor receptors. For you mere humans, the nose has 5 million odor receptors driving your sense of smell. But your dog’s nose is a LOT more sensitive. Dogs can have about 200 million odor receptors in their noses – and for bloodhounds, it can be as high as 300 million!
A dog scientist explains it like this – a dog has the ability to catch a whiff of one rotten apple in two million barrels. One rotten apple! Holy cow!
That means I can smell things you can’t possibly smell. Pretty cool, huh?
What does this mean? I may be a little dog, but I’m superior in a BIG way. Kudos to me! And the next time you see your pooch with his nose in the air, sniffing, it may just be something you can’t even fathom that he smells.
Wiggles and woofs,