What Is A Human Equivalent Activity To A Dog Sniffing Each Others Behind?

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A Reader Asks…

My wife and I have a bet.

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    • smurfy b
    • August 2, 2009

    It’s a simple ‘look-over.’ Dogs can’t just look at each other and tell if it’s a boy or a girl. They can, however, smell things in the same way we look at things. A dog’s sense of smell is terrific. That charming ‘smell my butt’ thing communicates a dog’s gender, health, age, etc. It’s the same as you seeing someone and noticing clothing type, hairstyle, gender, and age.

    • FunkyMom
    • August 2, 2009

    Well, I read this a LONG time ago (can’t remember the book) and did a report. Sniffing the behind tells another dog about the other: where they are from, are they in heat; basically your typical intro…hi, how are you, are you single, where are you from?
    My dog is about 3 feet tall, 95 pounds. I have seen him squat down for a female jack russell he liked a lot!
    THUMBS DOWN? I didn’t mean he “squatted” on her, just was accomodating to the sniffing! He’s rather aware of his size!

    • The PENsive Insomniac
    • August 2, 2009

    I would have to say it is a greeting in the dog culture similar to “Hello, my name is…What’s yours.”This is my way of answering. Hope it helps.

    • Leslie L
    • August 1, 2009

    Shaking hands and saying howdy.

    • Sari
    • August 1, 2009

    this is how dogs communicate so don’t worry

    • trebs
    • August 1, 2009

    Air Kiss

    • iliana
    • August 1, 2009

    a hand shake!

    • Shepherdgirl §
    • August 1, 2009

    Shaking hands

    • Jennifer K
    • July 31, 2009

    Shaking hands? Or maybe saying Hi, my name is………….. what is your name? Let us know how the bet goes…. I am curious.

    • ♥ Liz ♫
    • July 31, 2009

    I think it’s shaking hands

    • jjjjjjjj
    • July 31, 2009

    A dog’s sense of smell is their most dominant sense, which would be akin to our sense of sight. Therefore, when they sniff another dog’s behind they are taking in as much information as they can about that dog with their most dominate sense. When we stare at someone we are taking in as much information about them with our most dominate sense, that of sight.

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