Skills of dogs with the sense of smell

Skills of dogs with the sense of smell

Skills of dogs: smell

Reach a level of understanding enough about canine Olfaction, at first, is something that can escape to our imagination.

We can conceptualize vaguely that “dogs have a 100 times higher than the human olfactory ability”protecting us in the copious amounts of millions of olfactory neuroreceptores that dogs have, and thus get the idea of how fascinating can become the world of smells for them.

With everything and with that, to me I still making it very difficult to understand what “noses” is that of smell.

However, focusing on this theme from a behavioral perspective, opens a window to a world full of possibilities and, why not, of fun.

Without having very clear implications posed by smell for dogs, through years of study and observation we can reach the conclusion that the ability of dogs to discriminate smells is simply impressive if compared to ours, and that turns out to be a must, to the extent that if deprive it it maladaptive ways of communicating with the media may arise in.

No one would hesitate for one moment if I presented he would a person who I don’t know hand available. And no one would doubt nor that if I reject him greeting, would offend the person and in future meetings with me, his way of interacting would change most likely by other more reclusive.

In the same way, a dog that is private use their sense of smell during walks, is likely to end up choosing undesirable ways of interacting with the dogs that crosses and complete obsessed to advance and pull the strap to a non-existent destination.

I am establishing a hypothetical human communication-parallelism, and I say hypothetical because as I stated at the beginning of this article, we have no idea what the olfactory world can be assumed for a dog.

But what is very clear is that initially, the way a dog available to gather information on the environment, either in your familiar surroundings or in a different one, is the smell.

Although this is something that is repeated many times, I think it is necessary for all lovers of dogs, and above all to own dogs, disclose this type of information to educate people that this is something that we must respect necessarily to achieve an optimal level of interspecific coexistence.

And although it is obvious, so much does not seem so when we went out to the street and see a lot of people walking their dogs, making an commitment to tremendous on peers not bring smell anything or anyone, and dogs doing the same to get rid of their belts.

The limits when it comes to interacting with other living beings of our dogs should put them the owners, but that Yes, always with head.

My dog and I have a standard of living that, without being written, it says very clear: “there is freedom to smell what give us the win in rides, as well as there is freedom to stop to greet a neighbor; “in addition, both can (and should) give at the same time”.

Having said that, the general idea that I consider necessary to express is that should equal that we do not understand perfectly what smell means, enough with that understand that it is there and that dogs need it constantly.

Our dogs have not probably just understand that people who come, therefore there are coming to hugging or kissing, for example. However it is something that is there and they respect. What it would disturb us if they did?

It is important to know that smelling certain environmental stimuli can be a highly reinforcing activity for our dogs.

Knowing this, we also know that it is possible to reward our dogs with smell something that long, applying the Premack principle: “a better activity reinforces the implementation of a response less preferred if access to the favorite activity is contingent with respect to the execution of the less preferred activity”.

While it is difficult to build skills using scents as a prize, that we can strengthen certain behaviors, particularly those that occur during walks. This can be an escape route for that unexpected situations, also not carry awards by hand.