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Dogs are born to sniff. They treat it like an advocation, that’s why I believe dog noses know everything! #orsoitseems

Have you watched how they throw it up in the air as if their reading something?…



That’s how it works – a dog collects scents (volatile oils) that are traveling in the air. It’s a wonderful apparatus that we mere humans don’t quite understand.

The world, to a dog, is wrought of smells. As we see images in our minds, he glimpses scents; as we speak in words, he communicates in fumes. Source: Alexandra Horowitz

The area of the canine brain is devoted to analyzing scent – 40 times greater – than us. Dogs can also identify smells at least 1,000 times better than we can. This superior sense of smell comes from millions of olfactory receptors in its nose.


  • A dogs ability to detect scents vary between breeds? – tis true… long nosed dogs are better “sniffers” than short faced ones.
  • A dogs nose prints are as unique as a human fingerprint – #whoknew
  • When it comes to us (humans), dogs can tell the difference between identical twins! #superschnozzola
  • When a dog smells a lamppost  – he can tell whether the dog that came before him was a male/female, alpha or not.
  • A diet higher in fat and lower in protein is thought to be beneficial to the dog’s scent-detecting ability.


is used to detect all sorts of things –

  • explosives
  • drugs

But did you know they’re also used to locate –

  • illicit cell phones in prisons
  • imported shark fins in suitcases
  • early infestation of bed-bugs

Dogs are now even detecting falling glucose levels and imminent seizures #fascinating


By constant exposure to each other, your dog is learning your unique bouquet, and to your dog, you are your scent.

A dogs nose may be the most powerful organ and one of the most dynamic of all animal systems, with activities that range from basic smell detection, to sensing fear, to memory and to emotions. Source: The Whole Dog Journal

Our skin is covered in sweat and sebaceous glands (a small gland in the skin which secretes a lubricating oily matter (sebum) into the hair follicles to lubricate the skin and hair.) which sends out fluid and oils holding our individual scent. It’s our “signature odor!”…


Dogs find it incredibly easy to distinguish us by scent alone – and our aroma remains even after we’ve left. #trackerdogs

If you’d like to learn more about tracking and nose work, meet our friends Emma and Bailey of My GBGV Life. Emma and sister Bailey are addicted to nose work


Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life …Make it a beautiful weekend ❤️


Good Reads:

  • Emma
    October 28, 2016

    There is so much for humans to learn about dogs and noses. The more Mom learns, the more she wants to learn. Emma and I are very different in our sniffing. Mom recently learned from an instructor to keep me at the start line longer as I air scent and make a mental map of all the smells in the room, then I wander about acting as if I’m goofing off, but all of the sudden I point out the odor. I’m a big air scent fan, Emma is more ground and nose on scenting. Thank you for the link 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Jan K
    October 28, 2016

    Interesting facts – I didn’t know about the noseprint! I love to see their noses in action. Especially when they smell something outside the yard, and they run along the fence line with their noses in the air. They’ll never tell us what they smelled though! Since we never see anything, I assume they are smelling things that might be far away, and the scent is just coming in on the wind. It’s so much fun to watch them!

  • Ruby
    October 28, 2016

    Oh, that is so cool! You knows, us Airedales are FABulous Aire Trackers! I do it all the time to see where peeps have gone around the house and my yardie. I’m not as good in the ground trackin’ dept., Ma thinks, cause I tend to leave some valuable treaties on the ground sometimes!
    Oh, and I do loves to sniff the lampposts!! ☺
    Ruby ♥

  • Monika & Sam
    October 28, 2016

    I can always tell the seriousness of the illness by the way Sam sniffs out a hospital room. It also helps us gage how long to stay visiting with patients. Happy weekend.

    October 29, 2016

    Dogs’ noses are so amazing! 😀 It was nice to read your informative blog post! <3 I never knew it's called air scenting! Cool name. 😉 Happy loves playing game looking for treats using his nose. He's not really good compare to my past dogs(yorkies) but he really enjoys using his nose. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 7, 2016

      Noses ARE amazing! When you look them up – there is so much information, I was reading for hours, just couldn’t get it all in. I love learning everything I can about them, and it’s fun to share with all of you.

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    October 30, 2016

    Shadow and Ducky both are addicted to checking out the scents outside the back door every morning when I first let them out. I know they’re deciding who – or what – came for a visit during the night. Unless they actually find something and bring it to me, I don’t know what they’re thinking; but I sure love watching them.

  • Dashlilly
    October 31, 2016

    The nose knows!!Great post. Lilly loves to go outside in the wee hours of the morning… still dark… and with her nose in the air she runs up and down the length of our back yard… and barks! It’s one of the most wonderful sights. I swear she is saying “hello world! I’m here!” It’s just as the night is becoming the morning. Can you imagine the smells!! wild!

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 1, 2016

      I am sure she’s smelling something tasty! Can you smell it?