|What's that I smell?|
You met a poodle? Mom!!!
The average dog's sense of smell is about 1,000 times better than a human's. We have around five million scent-detecting cells, and depending on the breed, dogs have between 125 million and 300 million. The average dog has somewhere around 220 million.
So, what does that really mean? Well, a dog can smell what someone ate, where they have been, what they touched, and what mood they are in. Dogs can smell if someone is pregnant, or of someone has cancer. Trained dogs can identify lung cancer through smelling a person's breath.
When a dog smells a tree, someone's foot, or a chair, they get an entire story. I might smell pasta, and the dog can smell each individual ingredient. Isn't it amazing?
Some dogs are trained to smell dead bodies under water. They can smell where termites are hiding, or natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt.
The Bloodhound is usually pointed out as the dog with the best sense of smell, but it might actually be the Beagle.
~ Maria Sadowski ~