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7 Awesome Facts About Dog Noses!

There are SOOOOO MANY AMAZING facts about a dog’s nose!

You will have had the experience of your dog appearing out of nowhere, Scooby Doo snack response style, when that treat jar is opened!

We all know that a dog’s nose is one of its most important features, right?!?

Dogs rely on their sense of smell for everything!! From sniffing out food to detecting the presence of other dogs in their vicinity! Crazy smart!

The wet nose is such an inherent part of a dog’s physiology that it makes up part of the dog’s “natural language” — meaning, your pup is able to communicate with others using scents instead of words!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about what your favorite pet friend does with its nose every day, read on:

Dog Noses have Receptors that Allow them to Smell 100,000 Times Better than Humans

Few people know that dog noses have the ability to smell up to 100,000 times more than us humans!

Dogs have up to 300 million scent receptors in their noses, while we have in the region of a mere 5 to 6 million. This means they can detect scents that are far too subtle for us to even notice and they can smell things that are much more concentrated than we can (or rather, at concentrations 100,000 times lower).

The part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is about 40 times greater than ours too.

From research, it is understood that dogs possess a trait known as neophilia, which implies they are drawn to novel and intriguing scents.

Dogs use Their Sense of Smell to Identify People and Other Animals

Scientists have discovered that dogs use their sense of smell to identify people and other animals.

In fact, a dog’s nose is so sensitive that he can actually tell the difference between you and your roommate if you both wear the same perfume. They do not need to see us to work out who is there!

A dog’s nose can also detect subtle scents from miles away in a matter of seconds, which is why he wakes up when you’re cooking bacon for breakfast (if it’s in the house) or appears from nowhere when you get out a snack!

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Scientists have been studying the ways that dogs use their noses for many years now, but there are still many unanswered questions about how exactly they do it. The research continues!

We know that a dog’s sense of smell works differently than ours does — we see through our eyes and hear through our ears – simple!

Dogs rely on their noses to see as well as hear!

And because dogs’ nostrils are located high on their face—at with the eyes and ears—they can inhale air from all around them and breathe through two holes in their muzzle called nares instead of just one like humans do. This makes it easier for dogs to detect faraway objects by scent.

Dogs will also follow their noses when looking for food or water — and when checking out potential mates!

In the right conditions dogs “have been reported to smell objects or people as far as 20km away”!

They can also detect water from up to a mile away or even a female dog in heat from up to two miles away.

Dogs have evolved over time so that they have an amazing sense of smell -this has allowed them to become our best friends and companions. You know the saying – ‘ a dog is a (hu)man’s best friend!’

We mere humans tend to rely on our eyesight when we want information about the world around us. Dogs use their super sense of smell instead. This is why dogs will often follow their noses when looking for food or water — and when checking out potential mates!

Dogs Sense Fear and Anxiety Through Their Noses

They’re able to do this by detecting changes in body chemistry that happen when someone is experiencing anxiety or stress—and they can even tell the difference between different kinds of fear!

Dogs may be able to smell your stress levels by detecting chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline in your sweat or urine. Anticipating stressful situations can make you feel anxious, which could trigger these chemical responses in your body. When you’re afraid or anxious, your body gives off a particular scent that dogs can pick up on. This is why your dog can tell when you’re scared of storms—even if he doesn’t know what a storm is!

Dogs also use their sense of smell to detect whether someone’s healthy or sick by sniffing them. We can’t smell fear, but dogs are able to sniff out our emotions with their incredible sense of smell. A dog’s nose is so sensitive that it can detect the tiny amounts of hormones and pheromones released into the air when we get stressed out or anxious.

It’s All In A Nose

Their noses use amines and acids emitted by dogs as the foundation for chemical communication.

They can tell if a new canine friend is male or female, a friend or foe, ill or healthy. You will have notice the sniffing routine when dogs paths cross! They are downloading and storing information about their new friend! That is why the sniffing of private parts is often part of the process!

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They can identify an old friend they haven’t seen for some time, sniff a tree and work out what other dogs live in the area and you will know that when you come home they will smell your trousers or other clothing to determine whether you have been chilling with another pet! YOU TRAITOR!!

Their nose also acts like a compass as they move their nostrils independently so they can determine the direction of a smell!

Some Dog Breeds Have a Better Sense of Smell than Others

When it comes to canine senses, a dog’s sense of smell is one of its most impressive abilities but not all dog breeds have the same level of sensitivity when it comes to their noses.

Some breeds are renowned for having an especially keen sense of smell, such as Bloodhounds, Beagles and German Shepherds.

These breeds are often used in scent detection work since they’re able to pick up on faint odors that other dogs may miss – dogs can detect scents from up to 40 feet underground!

This is why they’re often used for search and rescue missions, as they can sniff out people who are buried under debris or trapped in difficult-to-reach areas.

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Other breeds like Poodles and Bulldogs don’t typically have the same level of olfactory power as the aforementioned breeds.

Different dog breeds have different nose shapes that are suited to their specific needs.

Dogs with long, narrow noses like Greyhounds are better suited to tracking scents on the ground, while dogs with short, wide noses like Pugs are better suited to sniffing out scents in the air.

Regardless, all dogs possess some degree of SUPERIOR sniffing capabilities compared to humans, allowing them to detect scents that we can’t even begin to IMAGINE!

Each Dog’s nose print is unique, much like a fingerprint is to a person

Now for some more science!!!!

This is due to the dermal ridges’, the patterns of raised skin which create specific patterns of bumps, whirls and lines, and other distinctive features on their noses. These patterns on the nose are formed by a combination of genetics and environmental factors, such as the way a dog interacts with its surroundings and how it sniffs different objects.

Just like how humans use fingerprints for identification purposes, dog nose prints can also be used to identify individual dogs.

You can take a print of your dog’s nose and have it put onto a keep sake nowadays!

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The Canadian Kennel Club has been accepting dog nose prints as proof of identity since 1938!

This method of identification is becoming increasingly popular, particularly in animal shelters and adoption centers, where it’s important to keep track of each dog’s unique identity and prevent the mixing up of different dogs.

In fact, some police departments and search and rescue organizations have started using nose prints to identify their canine partners. In these cases, dogs are often trained to place their noses on a special ink pad, which is then used to take an impression of their nose. This impression is then scanned into a database, which can be used to quickly identify the dog if they are ever lost or stolen.

One major advantage of using nose prints for identification is that they are much harder to alter or fake than other forms of identification, such as collars or tags. This makes them a reliable and secure method of identification for dogs.

In a world where dog theft is on the increase , this could be a vital addition to the usual forms of identification.

In summary, the unique nose print of a dog is a fascinating and practical aspect of their biology that can be used for identification purposes in much the same way as fingerprints are used for humans – CHECK OUT this study on the Canine Nose Pattern as a Unique Biometric Marker!

Going forward, this would be an amazing security and identification addition to a dog’s passport!!

A Dog’s Nose is able to Distinguish Even the Lightest Hint of a Scent in the Air

Did you know that a dog’s nose is able to distinguish even the lightest hint of a scent in air? It’s true! Dogs are able to smell one part per trillion. This can be especially helpful if your dog is trained to detect explosives or drugs, since they’ll be able to pick up even the faintest scent of these illegal substances.

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What else can dogs smell? Well, dogs possess special receptors for pheromones (chemicals that communicate through the air), which means they can detect things like fear or excitement from other humans and animals.

They also have very sensitive noses, so if your pup has been known to react strongly when you’re afraid, it might be because he/she can smell your nervousness!

Your Dog uses its Wet Nose for a variety of purposes

Your dog’s nose is like a Swiss Army knife – it can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Scent glands. The skin around the base of the nose and inside each nostril has sebaceous glands that produce pheromones, which allow dogs to mark objects, territories and other dogs with their unique scent. Dogs also use their nasal cavities to sniff out smells they’re interested in or smell something they don’t like (like an unfamiliar dog or cat).
  • Cooling system. Your pup’s wet nose is part of what keeps him cool by helping regulate his temperature through evaporation. He opens up his mouth when panting because it’s one way he can get air flowing across his tongue and mucous membranes in order for evaporation to take place more efficiently.
  • Sensation. Dogs use their sense of smell so much that it has become part of how they experience the world around them—their wet noses are essential for this function!

Generally, a wet nose indicates that it is well supplied with blood and that a dog’s body is sufficiently hydrated. Conversely, if the a dog is suffering from dehydration as a consequence of vomiting, diarrhea or difficulty in drinking water, then their snout may be dry because of an inadequate circulation of blood.

A cold, dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean your dog is sick

According to Fetch by WebMD “The temperatures of dogs’ noses fluctuate day to day, even hour to hour. It’s hard to say exactly why (it could be the environment or it could be what they’ve been up to recently). But a dog can be perfectly healthy and have a warm, dry nose. A dog can be really sick (think heart disease or critically injured) and have a cold, moist nose.”

The moistness of your dog’s nose is also not an indicator of health, says Steven Marks, DVM, clinical associate professor of critical care and internal medicine at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “In a very dehydrated dog, yes, the nose might be dry,” he says. “But dogs can have moist noses because they’re healthy, and they can have moist noises when they have a nasal disease. It’s just not a reliable sign.”

Therefore a cold, dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean your dog is sick. Dogs can get colds and coughs like humans, but unlike us, they don’t sweat. They cool themselves by panting or by laying on a cool surface (like tile) in an effort to improve blood flow through their body.

If your dog has a cold and is sneezing often, but hasn’t been exhibiting any other symptoms of illness (like diarrhea), it’s best to keep them comfortable with plenty of water and treats until the virus passes.

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A dog with a hot, dry nose might be sick or overheated

A dog with a hot, dry nose might be sick or overheated. The color of your dog’s nose gives you clues about his overall health.

A healthy nose will be a lighter pink color, while an unhealthy one could be dark red or even black and blue. If your dog’s nose is hot to the touch, they may have a fever, which can indicate illness or disease.

If you spot signs of illness in your dog such as lethargy and loss of appetite, take them to the vet for further evaluation.

If you notice that your dog has excessive thirst on top of other signs such as panting and drooling excessively when it’s humid outside, this can also be an indication that he is overheated because he has been spending too much time outdoors in high humidity conditions without shade or water sources nearby.

Check out these tips in one of our other blogs How to Keep a Dog Cool in the Summer.

Dogs can smell in stereo!

Just like humans have two ears to help us hear in stereo, dogs have two nostrils that help them smell in stereo.

This means that they can determine the direction of a scent and use their sense of smell to navigate their surroundings.

Forgive us – here comes more science to blow your mind!!

In human anatomy, the nasal cavity is a dead end. The air goes in and then it’s out; there’s no room for anything else to happen. But dogs have two nasal cavities that are separated by cartilage and bone, so airflow can go in one side and into both nostrils.

A dog’s nose contains a labyrinth of thin bones, called turbinates (the part of the nasal cavity where air meets scent molecules) and the dog’s turbinates act as a filter for bad smells – they help stop odors from getting into deeper areas of the olfactory system.

They also direct airflow deeper into the nose so that dogs can smell better when they exhale than we can with our own exhaled breath.

They also have more than twice as many turbinates than us—in fact, the canine respiratory system has been compared to a Ferrari engine!

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As a result, some dogs can detect cancer before it becomes visible. Check out the work of fox red Labrador, Florin and Hungarian wired-haired Vizsla, Midas in detecting the most lethal prostate cancers as part of the trial being undertaken by Medical Detection Dogs – a group that helps train service dogs for people with specific illnesses or disabilities that affect their quality of life and well-being (you can read more about this organization here).

And while humans have around 5-6 million olfactory receptors inside their noses (compared to a dog’s 300 million), dogs are still pretty sharp-nosed: they have an impressive vomeronasal organ (VNO) which allows them to process information about pheromones in female urine or male sweat glands during mating season!

The Dog’s Nasal Cavity isn’t a Dead End like Ours. It’s Split into Two Chambers that are Separated by Cartilage and Bone.

In human anatomy, the nasal cavity is a dead end. The air goes in and then it’s out; there’s no room for anything else to happen. But dogs have two nasal cavities that are separated by cartilage and bone, so airflow can go in one side and into both nostrils.

The dog’s turbinates act as a filter for bad smells—they help stop odors from getting into deeper areas of the olfactory system. They also direct airflow deeper into the nose so that dogs can smell better when they exhale than we can with our own exhaled breath.

They also have an impressive vomeronasal organ (VNO) known as Jacobsen’s organ which allows them to process information about pheromones in female urine or male sweat glands during mating season!

The VNO is found in the roof of dogs’ mouths, just behind their front teeth. It has two chambers, one for each nostril. The organ works by filtering chemicals from odors and then transmitting them to nerves that lead directly to a dog’s brain.

The nerves respond to substances that are odorless! MIND-BLOWING!!! The organ speaks to the part of their brain that deals with mating. So, if your dog is licking female urine off the ground or following a male cat around because he smells like pheromones, it’s not just because they’re weird. They’re hard-wired to do it!

It is believed that the organ helps them find their mate during mating season, but it also helps them detect other dogs in their territory.

It also enhances a new-born puppies sense of smell so they can identify their mother and find her milk source from other nursing dogs. They also have heat sensors in their noses to help them find their way back to their mother!

Basically, dogs have the Rolls Royce equivalent of an odor detection and identification system – the nose and the Jacobsen’s organ working together to create our wonderful canine super sensors!!

When Your Dog Sniffs the Ground – it draws air into its nose through the nostrils on top of its muzzle and then up through slits on either side of its nose, called ‘nares’

The air travels through a passage called the ‘naso-pharynx’ that expands at the back of the mouth to become a chamber. This expansion is known as an olfactory fossa, or simply “the fossa.”

The olfactory epithelium lines this chamber with sensory cells sensitive to odors. Odors are detected by receptors in these cells that bind to molecules in odorants like pheromones and food aromas (though we don’t know exactly how). When they bind, signals travel through nerves to regions in your dog’s brain where they’re interpreted as smells.


We have explored some fun facts about your dog’s nose! Fascinating facts!

It is a complex organ that allows it to smell scents in the air and on the ground. It can also help your dog identify people and other animals. A dog’s wet nose is used for a variety of purposes, including cooling its body down when it’s hot or drying itself off after getting wet from rain or snow.

Dogs are incredible animals, and their noses are just one of the many things that make them so amazing. From their ability to smell in stereo to their incredible sense of smell, dogs use their noses wisely!


Q: Why do dogs sniff everything?

A: Dogs sniff everything because it’s their way of gathering information about the world around them. They use their sense of smell to learn about their environment and the other animals that live there.

Q: Can dogs smell better than humans?

A: Yes, dogs can smell up to 100,000 times better than humans. Their sense of smell is one of their most powerful tools, and they use it to navigate their surroundings and communicate with other animals.

Q: Can dogs smell through walls?

A: No, dogs cannot smell through walls. However, they can detect scents that are coming from the other side of a wall if the scent is strong enough.

Q: Does your dog annoy you when you are out on a walk by constantly sniffing?

A: Don’t be annoyed! Dogs are naturally curious and will sniff everything they come across. This is a great way for them to learn about their environment and it’s also something that helps them bond with other dogs.

Q: Ever wondered how dogs never grow bored of sniffing the same spots day after day?

A: It’s because they are not just picking up smells, they are also trying to determine what is safe and what isn’t. This is a very important job for dogs as they can’t rely on their human owners to tell them when there is danger around.

It’s because they are actually using their sense of smell to learn more about the world around them. Dogs have a much better sense of smell than humans and can identify a huge range of different smells, even when we can’t. If your dog is sniffing something on the ground, it’s likely that he has detected a scent that’s out of place and needs investigating. This could be anything from another dog’s urine (and this is why dogs often seem obsessed with pee) to an interesting object that looks like food but isn’t!

Q: How Powerful Is a Dog’s Nose?

A: The average dog has a sense of smell that’s up to 100,000 times more sensitive than ours. This means they can detect scents we can’t even see, like the odour left by another dog on a lamppost or in the grass. Dogs have around 300 million scent cells in their nose compared to our 5 to 6 million. They also have a much larger surface area of olfactory tissue than we do, meaning they can smell more things at once. This is why dogs can often tell where people have been by following their scent trail, even if it’s days old!

Q: How to Clean a Dog’s Nose?

A: Cleaning your dog’s nose is an important part of keeping them healthy. It can help prevent any infections from spreading to other parts of their body and keep them smelling fresh! There are lots of different ways you can do this, but here are a few tips: -Use a damp cloth or tissue to wipe away any visible dirt or mucus from inside the nostrils. -Make sure that you dry the area thoroughly afterwards as wet noses tend to smell more strongly than dry ones.

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