An Embarrassing Truth: Why Do Dogs Sniff Crotches?

Dogs Sniff CrotchesYou bring your new love interest home to meet your dog, only to be mortified when your dog immediately plants his nose in between your new friend’s legs. Or, your dog-averse in-laws are seated at the dinner table when Fido decides to take a quick whiff from below. Although most of us consider a dog investigating our private regions an uncomfortable or embarrassing experience, it continues to be an almost universal practice among canines.

Here at Schertz Animal Hospital, we don’t shy away from life’s tough questions, which is why we’ve decided to tackle this age-old curiosity: Why do dogs sniff crotches?

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Touchy-Feely: Can Pets Sense Emotions in Humans?

Pets Sense EmotionsAs a pet owner, you’ve likely noticed how your pets seem to respond to your moods. Perhaps your dog shares in your excitement of a hike on a warm spring day, or your cat always seems to curl up in your lap for a snuggle when you’re feeling down.

It probably comes as no surprise that the relationship between humans and pets has been studied extensively by scientists and animal behaviorists, including the question of whether or not pets sense emotions.

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A Friend to All: Therapy Dogs 101

Therapy DogsDogs have lived and worked alongside humans for more than 14,000 years, protecting us, assisting us in hunting and acquiring food, and providing us with joy and companionship. Although life for the modern canine is significantly more comfortable than it was for their ancestors, having a “job” to do can still be a major benefit to many dogs. Learning to become a therapy dog can be a wonderful way to provide a service to others while giving your dog a fulfilling and enjoyable activity.

Therapy dogs are  typically trained to provide love, comfort, and support to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hospices, retirement homes, or disaster areas. If you’ve ever wondered if your pooch has what it takes to become a therapy dog, let the team at Schertz Animal Hospital help you figure it out!

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