Understanding your dog and their senses is important when owning a pup. Body language is essentially how dogs communicate with us and being able to read these gestures will make for a happy life for everyone. While dogs use body language to tell us how they feel, some body gestures can have various meanings. Dogs have all the same senses has humans; these senses are smell, sight, taste, touch, and hearing. However these senses operate differently in dogs than they do in people.
Guide to Your Dog’s Senses
A dog’s strongest sense is smell. The section of a dogs brain dedicated to smell is 40% larger than that of a human brain. Next to smell, a dog’s second strongest sense is their hearing. Dogs can hear sounds and pitches that are not audible to the human ear. A dog’s sense of smell, sight, and hearing can vary based on age and breed, and some dogs can go completely deaf with old age. Taste is their least developed sense and is directly associated with smell. Touch is the first sense a dog develops and it is important for Fido to socialize. Lastly, a dog’s sight is much different than our sight. Although they can see colors, it is a much duller and muted version. Dogs probably see the world in shades of black, white, and gray. They do, however, have better night and side vision.
When reading your dog’s body language it is important to also read the situation. If Fido has erect ears it can mean many things such as happy, excited, confident, aggressive, or interested. If the situation is more happy and relaxed, it’s probably safe to assume your fur baby is happy rather than in an aggressive state. Soon our team will provide an in-depth guide on your dog’s senses.