A Dog’s Pawsome Smell

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Pacoima- Everyone has their own opinion on dogs, but they can all agree that a dog’s sense of smell is far more stronger than a human’s. In fact, according to Dogster their sense of smell is 10 to 100 to 1,000 to 1,000,000 times better. So it’s no surprise that dogs can sense human emotions and even sickness.

A dog’s sense of smell in incredibly useful and important.  According to Wisconsin Pet Care, dogs know when we are happy, sad or mad because of the rise or fall of our feel-good hormones, such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. So when you’re happy, your pet is happy too! They can also sense sickness in humans. When a person is sick their body chemistry will change. And their feel-good-hormones will drop. They can even sense cancer and seizures. They can smell the change of chemicals in human’s breath. Police dogs are used to smell out criminal activity, such as explosives and drugs. They can search for missing people or victims. “They can search under rubble during a devastating explosion, earthquake or other disaster.” according to the American Kennel Club.

According to Livescience, a study was done on May 30 in the journal Animal Cognition, University of London researchers found that dogs were more likely to approach a crying person than someone who was humming or talking and that they normally responded to weeping with submissive behaviors. They immediately know when their owners are upset. Changes in a person’s scent are obvious to dogs. ‘When you’re anxious you start to perspire slightly. It may not be visible, and you can’t smell it, but a dog can.” states doghealth.com in their article, “How Dogs Sense Emotions”.  Dogs can recognize facial expressions. They notice a change in our behavior and expressions.

For more information, visit wisconsinpetcare.com or doghealth.com to learn more about a dog’s sense of smell.