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Why do dogs smell at the bottom of humans and animals?


Dogs love to smell the buttocks of people and their kind. But why are they actually doing this? To understand that, we have to deal with the olfactory sense and social behavior of dogs. Two dogs get to know each other: "Good afternoon, allow me to introduce myself?" - "But of course, sniff me the most valuable thing" - Shutterstock / Johannes Flex

People and dogs often have different ideas about what is polite and what is not. For dogs it is good practice to smell each other's buttocks, and that is why they do the same with us bipeds. As a person, on the other hand, it is uncomfortable and embarrassed when a cold dog's nose suddenly lands in the intimate area. What is behind this behavior?

Social behavior: Why dogs smell each other at the bottom

Basically, the mutual sniffing of dogs can be compared to a greeting. While people shake hands or kiss each other and ask how the other is doing, dogs just smell their butts. Dogs are not able to ask their peers about their condition. They communicate little about sounds, but a lot about body language and smells. The smell of our cold mustaches is ten thousand times, if not a hundred thousand times, finer than the human nose.

The four-legged friends learn essential information about their peers from so-called pheromones, fragrances that emanate the most from dogs, especially from their anal glands. Not only their sensitive nose helps them, but also the so-called Jacobson organ or Vomeronasales organ. It specializes in perceiving pheromones. Dogs can smell the gender of their counterpart and how willing they are to mate. They also sniff information about the health and nutrition of the other animal. The mood and the emotional state of the sniffed can also be "read" for dogs from the pheromones that emanate from the buttocks.

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Why do dogs sniff people's buttocks and intimate areas?

Dogs can understand and adapt to a certain extent to human communication. But they still remain dogs, with instinctive dog behavior. So if you smell people on the buttocks or in the intimate area, you would like to get to know this person. We smell most intensely on these parts of the body. Especially when people emit complex smells, many dogs simply cannot resist. In this case, your curiosity defeats all the rules of behavior that you learned during your upbringing.

As with the four-legged friends, there are moments in our lives when we send out more diverse fragrances than usual. If women have ovulation or their menstrual period, for example, this smells particularly exciting for dogs. Pregnant women and women shortly after childbirth also exude a special smell that the fur noses can perceive. The same applies to people who have recently had sex or who are not too strict about intimate hygiene.

Dog nose helps agriculture

The ability of dogs to sniff out their willingness to mate from the pheromones in the intimate area of ​​mammals helps agriculture. American researchers found that dogs can reliably ovulate cows. They trained a number of Australian shepherds to let them know when the cows were fertile. This makes it easier for farmers to breed cattle.

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How to stop your dog from sniffing at the crotch of strangers

Unfortunately, many people still find it uncomfortable when dogs sniff their buttocks or their genitals. It can therefore make sense to at least partially prevent your four-legged friend from smelling strangers in the genital area. If your dog is a passionate pop sniffer, all you have to do at the beginning is to keep him on a leash when visitors come or when you meet strangers on the way.

At the same time, you can improve obedience with obedience training. When visitors come, give your dog the command "seat" or "seat" until your guests have arrived. During the walk you can teach him the "foot" command so that he doesn't go out to greet strangers without your permission.


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