Bailie has always been in love with storm sewer drains, actually any drain she can get her nose on. She has an extremely active nose, complete with lots of air scenting. Madison likes drains as well, I rarely stop to sniff them. We realized a lot of dogs want to sniff these drains, but their owners find it annoying, and most don’t understand why dogs want to do this.
Dogs primary sense, by far, is their sense of smell. We dogs live by our noses, then our eyes, followed by our ears. It’s hard for humans to understand that while we see things, such as our toys, or squirrels, most of the time we really recognize them first when we smell them. In our nose work, it is very evident. We can have a tin with odor right in front of our face, and not alert on it, but then sniff all around it until we track the scent with our nose to the container. As humans go “nose blind”, we often go “eye blind”. Our brains file things by odor.
Everyone knows we dogs love to read “pee mail” on posts, trees, etc. Those spots are just that, like a mail or message board, but a drain is like a whole internet site on the area. Drains not only suck in odor, they spit it back out as well. It is fascinating for many dogs to really study what is sucked in and what is being spit out. We can gather a lot of information about the area from all the moving odor.
Metal and steel objects also act as odor magnets trapping odor. Culverts also work a lot like drains. All three of us check the same culvert near our house every time we pass it. Unless you are in a rush, next time you are walking your pup and they want to stop and sniff a drain, let them do it. Watch how they move around it, and see what reactions they may have. Your dog will thank you for the opportunity. Typically, we sniff and move on within seconds because we check the drains frequently, and can always come back for more sniffing. Is your dog a storm sewer drain sniffer?
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