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On the Nose: Why It’s Important to Let Your Dog Sniff Stuff

A dog's black nose.
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Walking your dog is an essential part of being a pet owner. Whenever you’re in a rush, though, you’re likely frustrated by your dog’s insistence on sniffing absolutely everything. However, according to one veterinarian, it’s important to make time for all those sniffs.

Dr. Gabrielle Fadl, a vet at Bond Vet, says dogs use their sense of smell to explore their surroundings and gather information about their environments. Their noses are also 10 times more powerful than a human’s. It’s their predominant sense and what allows them to process information.

That’s why Fadl advises taking the extra time to allow your pup to explore on her walks.

“We should allow our dogs to be ‘nosey,’ and investigate the world around them,” Fadl explained in an interview with Martha Stewart Living. “Sniffing is the way they parse information.”

She particularly recommends taking your pup to grassy areas, like dog parks, so they have a safe place to explore. Fadl also warned that you should always be aware of any “insects, plants, or flowers that could pose a risk to your pet.”

Next time you take your doggo for a walk, linger a bit. And, if you’ll be traveling with your furry friend this summer, be sure to check out the dog-friendliest cities in the U.S. so you can find the perfect dog park.

[Via Martha Stewart Living]

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