Why Do Dogs… Love Sniffing Bottoms?! 

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Well, it’s all about how dogs take in their environment.

As humans we see the world through our eyes… but our dogs ‘see’ the world in scent; they give and receive information through their noses.  Think of it as dogs sending each other “pee-mails” instead of emails! 

Sniffing another dog’s bottom is the canine version of Wikipedia!  It’s a great source of information.  This is because a dog’s anal glands contain the most potent scent.  So, a good bottom sniff is an expedient way for your dog to find out the other dog’s gender, age, mood and much more.   It’s all rather logical really (if you’re a dog)!

And many dogs apply that same logic to humans… by sniffing a person’s groin!  Kind of embarrassing for the human but for a dog, it’s just a sensible way of getting information.  Plus, for a medium-sized dog, a person’s groin is conveniently located at dog-head-height!  It all makes perfect sense… if you’re a dog!

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