A dog’s abiltiy to smell is affected by poor dental care. Your dog’s teeth need daily cleaning and hygiene just like we do. Dogs really don’t like you messing with their teeth unless you start to do this at a young age. When the puppy is as young as eight weeks, put your fingers in its mouth everyday and rub and feel it’s teeth. It isn’t recommended to begin brushing at this early age, but I would suggest putting a pet toothbrush in their mouth very gently around the teeth to get them used to it. There are gels available from pet stores that aid in keeping the teeth clean. When the dog gets older, I would recommend using these gels daily and also a light brushing. Even if your dog is not a working dog, such as an air scenter or trailer, they still rely heavily on their sense of smell.
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Coming up soon in September, I will be starting Turbo’s beginner obedience class. He has already completed his puppy obedience class. In the puppy class one of the things I learned was to sit quietly with your dog for about a half an hour every day. This will be hard to do at first because puppies are so full of energy and older dogs might not be sure how to handle it. I think this is an important activity. It helps you bond with your dog and solidify that loyalty you expect. All dogs should be good citizens and this ability to lay quietly by your side while you are eating, chatting with a friend or strange or just wanting some quiet time is essential. Start out with just a few minutes and build up to a half an hour. Who knows maybe the quiet time will relieve some of your daily stress too.
Sorry I didn’t have a dog tip up yesterday, I know there are some people who are following that post. I was away at a BSAR class, that is Basic Search and Rescue. I could not take my K9 to this and I worried about him all weekend. I am sure this bothered him also. I have spoken before about how a dog thinks, they are pack animals and live by a packing instinct. I am the alpha male and he had to worry about why I wasn’t with him. So, my belated tip for yesterday is to always have your K9 partner (that would be your dog) in your mind and always try to think with that pack mentality. I don’t want my dog to have any undue stress. I am sure you don’t want that for your dog either. I will put today’s tip up as soon as I take turbo out for some frisbee, ball throwing and play time.
After taking your dog for a walk, especially in wooded areas, don’t forget to check them for ticks. Get your dog used to being touched and examined all over by grooming and touching them daily. They will grow to enjoy this. They like a little back massage too.
Did you know that a German Shepherd has 220 million Olfactory (smell) receptor cells? Humans only have about 5 million. Did you know that at the ends of these receptor cells there are around 100 to 150 cilia. We only have about six. Cilia are not hairs, even though many people like to describe them like that. They are cellular organelles that are used for movement. These organelles help the dog move scent vapors through it’s nose. A dog also has a wet nose, (our nose is only wet on the inside). The moisture helps trap the scent molecules. The dogs nose is also shaped like a comma. This causes vapors entering the nose to travel in a circular path which increases the travel path through the nose. There is also an organ called a Jacob’s Organ or vomeronasal organ, which is a sacklike organ found in many animals. It is well developed in dogs. These structures not only allow a dog’s nose to detect scent molecules, they allow for separation of those molecules, much the way a gas chromatograph separates molecules in a chemistry laboratory. And finally, a dogs olfactory lobe is very large. It is the size of a walnut in a German Shepherd and only the size of a pea in our brain. So when you see your dog sniffing around, or following an air or ground scent, just realize that we cannot even relate to how well they smell things.