Dogs in cars: An all-you-can-smell buffet

Ever wonder why your dog loves riding in the car with his head out the window? No, it’s not because you smell bad. No, he doesn’t think he is the GPS. It’s because he wants to take in all the scents outside. Humans have around 5 million olfactory receptors while in comparison dogs have over 200 million. Now that’s nothing to “look down your nose at”. The more air hitting him in the nose, the more scents he is able to detect.  Now that’s one powerful sniffer! As a matter of fact, dogs can detect scents even weeks after the fact.

Although dogs love riding with their heads out the window, you may want to think twice before allowing it. There are several dangers from such a scenario. Your dog may be pelted in the head by birds, debris or other cars and be injured. You may be tempted to leave the dog in the car on a hot day with the window down. Your dog could then escape, be stolen or even bite someone approaching the vehicle. Another example of the harm that could come to your dog is if your dog has allergies. Pollen or dust may cause your dog to develop an allergic reaction.

Yes, Fido loves it. Yes, you want him to be happy. Remember though, it is your responsibility to keep your dog safe. In return, you will avoid situations that will have you “paying through the nose”.

Until next time,


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