Wow the stories a dog can sniff out with his or her nose! A dog’s sense of smell provides them insight like nothing you could imagine. Just by smelling the mailbox, they can tell tons about the mailman! Our friends over at Petcentric.com are talking about a recently published book by scientist Alexandra Horowitz, Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know, which explores the life and sniffings of dogs from a dog’s point of view. She paints a sensory picture of what it might be like to be a dog. One amazing example she describes is how a person and a dog may perceive the same rose: “Each petal of the rose may be distinct (to a dog) having been visited by insects leaving pollen footprints from faraway flowers. What is to us a single stem, holds a record of who held it and when. A burst of chemicals marks where a leaf was torn… The fold of the leaf has a smell, as does a dewdrop on a thorn. And time is in those details: while we can see one of the petals drying and browning, the dog can smell this process of decay and aging.”

You can read the rest of the 5 page article here, thanks to our friends at Petcentric.

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