Understanding dog behaviour

Why Dogs Sniff Your Crotch

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
Why Dogs Sniff Your Crotch

That uneasy feeling when your dog, the pet of a friend or any nice dog you meet on the street and then, automatically and unceremoniously, the animal sticks their nose into your private area and begins to sniff with great enthusiasm. It is certainly an uncomfortable situation for the vast majority of us! Especially when you are a woman and you have your period.

We've all had little accidents over time and of course, dogs have a highly developed sense of smell and the first thing we think is that our body odor must be weird... but is it really so? On OneHowTo.com, we explain in detail why dogs sniff your crotch - we assure you that, most of time, the problem is not you.

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  1. The importance of chemistry for dogs
  2. Apocrine sweat glands
  3. Remember to control your pet

The importance of chemistry for dogs

Clearly it is not the most pleasant situation in the world, but bear in mind that the dog has no idea that they are sniffing and violating an area that is extremely delicate, sensitive and vulnerable for us humans. That said, it is important to know that this habit in dogs is derived from the habit of gathering information from their peers by smell, something they do by sniffing each others.

They love to get their noses right in the anal area where there are two little scent bags which are full of various chemicals. When these are secreted they allow the dog to know, just by sniffing the area, the sex of the animal, their health, their sexual availability and other important data. The apocrine sweat glands are responsible for transmitting all this social information to the animal, but they are not the only ones who have those glands. We have them, and the inviting flavors we produce are very attractive for dogs.

Why Dogs Sniff Your Crotch - The importance of chemistry for dogs

Apocrine sweat glands

In humans, the apocrine sweat glands are responsible for producing odorous secretions that act as pheromones. These glands are found in areas such as the armpits, nipples, anus and genital area. Surely now you begin to understand why dogs love to sniff you down there!

When the animal approaches this delicate area, it wants to find out more information about us as they do with other dogs. These aromas, fresh from our glands, are perceived by the dog as indications about our sex, our mood and in the case of women if we are ovulating, menstruating or simply pregnant, which explains the powerful attraction of dogs to those women who are in these exciting stages of life.

Many dog owners indicate that during the first weeks of pregnancy, even without themselves knowing of their new status, their pets acquire the frequent habit of sniffing a lady´s private parts. What an interesting fact of life!

Why Dogs Sniff Your Crotch - Apocrine sweat glands

Remember to control your pet

Although we know that is a natural reaction of any dog, it is important not to forget that for some people it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. You should be aware of the behaviour of your dog during walks in public.

It is recommended to walk big dogs on a leash to avoid them getting too close to the crotch of someone you don´t know. You should train them to not jump on people. Teach them to respect the space of each individual, something that passers-by will thank you a lot for!

Why Dogs Sniff Your Crotch - Remember to control your pet

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