Are you aware that the nose is the greatest asset of your dog? The sense of smell is the most sensitive sense of man’s best friends. Dogs are renowned for being excellent hunters because of their heightened senses.
Owners of hunting dogs that greatly depend on the tracking abilities of the pet would be aware of the power of the dog’s nose. Hounds for instance can track and find a wounded animals even if the track has gone cold. This is how powerful dogs noses are. Can this be the reason why the dog is often seen sniffing? Being a dog owner you certainly have been exposed to the varied habits of the pet. Nevertheless, a dog owner would still wonder at the dog’s inclination to sniff.
You would see the dog sniffing the ground, its food and its own and other dog’s feces. The pet really is really fond of sniffing as after sniffing humans, it will be seen sniffing the rear ends of other animals too. Something must encourage the dog to sniff. Dogs are very curious animals thus they have the tendency to investigate their environment and in the absence of hands the nose will be the dog’s most excellent tool.
Dogs hunt their prey but they are hunted by their predators as well. The nose is one efficient survival tool as not only can it point to the location of a prey but it can also disclose the presence of predators. Dogs in the wild only have to sniff the air to know the presence of predators in the area.
Dogs have a very effective means of communicating with each other. To communicate with other dogs as well as with other animals, dogs use varied movements of the different part of the body. Given the power of the dog’s nose, it would not be impossible for dogs to sniff a lot in order to communicate with other dogs more effectively. Have you noticed how dogs would sniff each other’s rear end? Nature has gifted dogs with a smell distinctly their own to be used as an identification not unlike humans thumb print. Dogs sniff a lot and their sense of smell is far superior to what humans have. The inclination to sniff is a valuable asset of rescue dogs as with this ability, a lot of people have been saved from death. Studies have also verified the dog’s ability to identify people with certain types of cancer. All these can be done by man’s best friends by sniffing.