We’ve all heard before about how incredible our dogs’ sense of smell is.. but do we realise what this means.. how they’re able to interpret the world around them in ways we can’t.
When dogs follow a specific scent, their nose develops a thin layer of moist mucus. This allows the animal to absorb the scent chemicals around them, which enhances the sense of smell. It doesn’t stop there, though. Dogs then lick the mucus off of their nose to transfer the scent chemicals to the olfactory glands in the roof of the mouth. Doing this allows your dog to separate and better identify various smells.
So the next time you walk your dog, allow them to smell at the base of trees, bins, rocks and poles especially near home and near the park’s entrance. The information there will give your dog a pretty good idea of who’s been there recently, as well as their approximate age, their gender, state of health, what they’ve eaten, their emotional state and their reproductive status.
Wet nose vs dry nose…
It is untrue that a dry nose spells trouble. Again, there is nothing simple about the canine nose and it can be wet or dry for a variety of reasons.
When it’s time to see the vet: