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Scentsational - the sniffy low down on your dogs amazing sense of smell

10 Amazing Super Powers of Your Dog's Nose




The canine nose is nothing short of a superpower in the world of scents and smells. If you've ever marvelled at your furry friend's ability to fetch a lost tennis ball or seem intrinsically attuned to your moods, then you're already acquainted with a fragment of your dog's fascinating abilities. Read on as we uncover 10 remarkable abilities that showcase the sheer prowess of a dog's sense of smell.


Discover the Unseen with a Sniff


  1. Independent Nostril Analytics: Did you know a dog's nostrils can move with striking independence? Each nostril can draw in different scents, allowing dogs to create a detailed "smell map" of their surroundings. Just as our eyes compile two slightly different views of the world, and our brain combines them to form a 3-D picture, a dog’s brain uses the different odor profiles from each nostril to determine exactly where smelly objects are located.

  2. Medical Detectives: Your pup could potentially save a life. Canines are known to detect various diseases in humans – even certain cancers – with uncanny accuracy, by simply sniffing out the unique odors that diseased cells emit. Trained dogs can also detect Covid with up to 97% accuracy!

  3. Ultra-Fine Tuning: A dog's sense of smell is vastly superior to humans, capable of discerning even the most nuanced fragrances. Imagine having the ability to distinguish every single ingredient in your favorite dish; for dogs, this is an everyday occurrence.

  4. Long-Distance Scent Detection: In the right conditions, your dog might smell something as far as 12 miles away! That's a cross-town journey made simple with just their nose. Dogs can also smell the passage of time, in the sense that they detect the tiny reductions in the concentrations of odor molecules that occur over short periods of time. This allows tracking dogs to quickly determine which direction a person or animal has gone in by sniffing the ground.

  5. Mood Interpreters: Yes, your pooch can smell your stress levels. When you're anxious, you exude subtle odors that dogs can pick up, allowing them to "smell" your emotional state.

  6. Aquatic Hunters: It's not just about sniffing on land. Dogs can detect a tiny drop of blood in an vast amount of water, showcasing their unparalleled capabilities as natural trackers.

  7. Microscopic Scent Particles: When we say dogs can detect the smallest of smells, we mean minuscule. A single molecule of scent in a sniff full of different odors can be identified by a dog.

  8. Smell-O-Vision Language: Your dog's sense of smell forms a more precise language than words could provide. It's how they learn about the world, interpret danger, locate food, and communicate with one another.

  9. Inborn Reliance: Newborn pups are born blind and deaf, turning their whole world into an olfactory experience. They depend solely on the power of their noses for survival in the critical first few weeks of life.

  10. Therapeutic Sniffing: Allowing your dog to sniff around during walks doesn't just feed their curiosity – it has been shown to significantly reduce their stress levels. For canines, sniffing isn't just a hobby; it’s a way of life.


Taking a moment to understand the miraculous nature of your dog's nose can enhance the bond you share. Their world is rich with smells we can barely comprehend, but learning about these abilities accentuates the appreciation we have for our four-legged friends. The next time you're out for a walk and your dog stops to sniff, remember that they're engaging with an invisible universe, interpreting a dialogue beyond our grasp – and it's something truly extraordinary.

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