Menu

Natural Dog Law 4: A Dog’s Senses Form His Reality

Humans and dogs experience the world through a very different combination of senses. To most humans, sight is the most important sense, followed by touch, sound, and smell. For dogs, the order is smell, sight, sound, and then touch, with a dog’s sense of smell being by far the most important.

The easy way to remember it is: Nose, eyes, ears, in that order.

When you approach a dog, the dog has already investigated you by scent, from as far as fifty yards away. To a dog, our scent and energy are our “names,” and the dog will have figured out quite a lot about you just through smell alone. This is also why your dog will sometimes start barking at something long before you can see or hear it. It’s not psychic powers. It’s sense of smell.

This nose-eyes-ears priority of senses to a dog follows the pattern in their development as a puppy. Dogs are born blind and deaf and rely on their sense of smell in order to find their mothers and nurse, so their first association with survival is scent. This connection lasts for the rest of a dog’s life, which is why they are constantly sniffing, especially in strange or new environments.

When you’re out on the walk, you might be able to detect the scent of the grass nearby, but to a dog that grass really is a record of what’s been going on – and the information in it is more than just which other dogs have peed there.

Living things constantly give off aromas. We don’t do it just by sweating. Every time we exhale, we send scent information out into the world. We also constantly shed skin cells and hair, which get carried off into the wind and eventually settle on the ground. Where our shoes or feet touch the ground, they also leave scent information.

A dog can smell all of these molecules and learn a lot from them: who or what has been there, how long ago they were there, how close they are now, and which way they went. It’s a world that’s mostly invisible to us, but it is the place your dog lives every day.

0

Comment on the Story Below

Related Posts

August 1, 2017

Putting A Leash On NYC Dog Sitters

While the gig economy might be great for people who want to make extra money...
June 17, 2015

Aggressive Dog With Separation Anxiety

Dog with separation anxiety growls at owner Hi Cesar! My little Frankie is three years...
June 18, 2015

Rehabilitating A Puppy Mill Dog

Cesar is not alone when he recommends “adopt, don’t shop” when getting a new dog,...
Comments – Rules , Boundaries & Limitations

At Cesar’s Way , we strive to be a single pack, and packs have rules, and limitations. Here are ours for the comments:

  •  No bullying or harassment of fellow commenters. Keep it civil!
  • No foul language or obscenities, please.
  • No posting of external links

Also, please note that because of volume , we are unable to respond to individual comments, although we do watch them in order to learn what issues and questions are most common so that we can produce content that fulfills your needs. You are welcome to share your own dog tips and behavior solutions among yourselves, however Thank you for reading our articles and sharing your thoughts with the pack!

Trending Today

Trending This Week