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Sniffing power: How do dogs sense menstruating women


Dogs are peculiar and astounding canines with their bewildering sense of smell. Owners will attest to the fact that sniffing throughout is their daily routine.

Women who own dogs may have experienced how the pet animal sniffs their crotches during monthly flow.

For the animal, the smell is power so does collecting information. Do you know that a dog can sense when a woman is menstruating?

“Dogs are scent-driven creatures,” said Kate Mornement, an Australian animal behaviorist and consultant.

“They experience their world predominantly through their sense of smell. When a woman is on her period she probably just smells different, which is interesting to the dog.”

Elizabeth, on a tour to the Czech Republic, was amused when a stranger dog kept sniffing at her.

“About 3-4 weeks ago, I went to Český Krumlov, South Bohemia region of Czech Republic. We got a tour guide to show us around the old towns and the hundred years old castles in the small city.

With attention-grabbing history, it is fantastic of a place”, says Elizabeth.

Walking with the intention to get enthralling of the city, a dog kept pace with her.

“A strange dog kept following me around in the tour. I was amused and felt uncomfortable at the same time. It kept following and sniffing me all along without giving me a space to breathe.

The little beast couldn’t leave me alone. I had to jump sideways as it tried to climb on me and scream after realizing to be the target. The tour guide interposed and called me aside.

To my surprise, the guide called me aside and asked if I had ‘blood’ and I said yes. I had more questions than answers. Why do dogs sense when a woman is menstruating?

We were forced to change to a location where there were no dogs. Finally, I breathed a sigh of relief from that little annoying dog”, she adds.

She later learned from the incident that dogs have the capabilities of sensing when a woman is in her period.

Having said that, let us find out some interesting detecting power of trained dogs.

A huge sense of smell

Dogs greet each other through sniffing. Unlike humans, with a huge part of their brain reserved for vision, dogs retain a larger portion of theirs for smell sense.

A trained canine can perform miraculously by detecting unusual things like fingerprints and cancer existence in a person through smelling of urine or breath.

Dogs possess 220 million sensors in their noses, far much better than humans with 5 million such sensors. When it comes to a matter of detecting via smell, dogs are experts; although they may not put a meaning to the unusual whiff.

Interestingly, dogs anal have glands that produce certain information such as readiness for mates, diet and gender, which is why you commonly see them sniffing the back of their counterparts.

The human being, on the other hand, is created to have a concentration of scent glands in the genital area. Now you know the habit behind the canine sniffing area surrounding the butt.

Special organ

According to cuteness.com, dogs have an organ that humans don’t possess: The Jacobson’s organ, located at the bottom of the dog’s nasal passage that allows dogs to pick up on an important chemical that provides important signal messages among themselves such as being ready for mates and identifying those in their pack.