Dogs Smell Human Emotion?

Deb D’Andrea, Nederland. Dogs are used in many situations that utilize their sense of smell. From bomb sniffing, to cadaver sniffing, to drug sniffing and even to sniff out diseases. A dog’s nose contains 300 million olfactory receptors versus our meager six million; and focuses 40 times more brain power on their sense of smell. A dog’s nose functions differently than ours, for instance providing them the ability to ascertain a variety of data through smelling other dogs’ urine and nether regions. They can even determine what another dog’s age is, their health, and possibly what they recently had to eat.

 

Through a series of tests, a recent study has shown that dogs can also smell human emotions. The researchers used 40 Labrador and Golden retrievers; the dog’s owners and strangers; and an instrument to pump out “happy” or “fearful” sweat that had been produced by neither party. Researchers placed the dog, owner and stranger in a small room, and pumped in the sweat smells, recording the dog’s heart rate responses via mobile heart rate monitors.

 

The results were fascinating as the dogs responded to the smells. Stress signals were observed when the fearful scent was released, along with increased heart rates and acting fearful themselves; versus a calm response when the happy scent was released. In both instances, several of the dogs would look to their owner’s reaction for reassurance.

 

In the past, many have written off what pet people have thought for years, saying its anthropomorphism; but now studies are proving that our pets can intuitively read our emotions through a variety of inputs, including smell. There are other studies continuing to prove how in tune our pets are with us; and how many signals they read from us through facial expression, body language and smell. It’s quite fascinating, and not limited to just dogs.

 

Till next time. Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz & the Caribou Dog Ranch is recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and will visit your home or Vet’s office to work with your dog. Canine Agility may be offered at the Caribou Dog Ranch in 2017 if there is interest. Deb currently has limited availability for new Petz Nanny Clients; and she bakes up fresh dog treats & doggy birthday cakes per order. For information contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email: info@4theluvofdogz.com.

Deb D'Andrea

Deb D’Andrea, columnist for The Mountain Ear, and founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz & the Caribou Dog Ranch is recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and visits your home or Vet to work with your dog. Canine Agility may be offered at the Caribou Dog Ranch in 2018 if there is interest. Deb currently has limited availability for new Petz Nanny Clients; and she bakes up fresh dog treats & doggy birthday cakes per order. For information contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email: info@4theluvofdogz.com.