He can smell things ten thousand times stronger than you can.
There are a lot of things about dogs that most people don’t know, and it seems we still have a lot to learn. You know those moments when you drive by a skunk, or maybe a garbage dump, and the smell is so overpowering it is all you can think about for a moment? Right away, imagine how it is for a dog, considering they are known to smell things up to 10,000 times more powerfully than a human can. So maybe that is something for you to think about when you consider all the various scents you have wafting through your home at any point.
To put it in scientific terms, both humans and dogs have scent receptors in their noses called turbinates, that are bony, scroll shaped plated that receive and interpret odors. Inside a humans nose, if you unfolded the turbinates, they would be the size of a postage stamp. But if you managed to unfold the tubinates within a dog’s nose, it would unfold to the size of a piece of paper. Just think about the difference that makes in what scents that dogs can perceive, but humans can’t. Maybe this will keep you from having all those scented candles around, with different scents in different rooms. That is enough to drive a dog’s scent receptors crazy.
Speaking of scent receptors, let’s bust out some more science for you so you all can understand.
A human has five million scent receptors.
A bloodhound, on the other hand, has 300 million scent receptors.
Wow, blows the mind, huh?
We are simply telling you because many Americans like to have scented candles and potpourri and food cooking and windows open, and they think nothing about it, but think about the profound effect that has on your dog and just how intensely they can smell things?
And maybe lay off the perfume a little bit. For Fido’s sake.