Why Dogs Sniff Each Other’s Butts?

What is the first thing your dog does whenever she meets another dog? Does she shake paws with the other dog? I didn’t think so. She runs to the rear to sniff the other dog’s butt. Naturally, you might wonder why your dog needs to sniff the butt of every dog she meets. Is it a way for dogs to say “hi”?

Although, a lot of people do believe that it’s just a way for dogs to greet each other, it couldn’t be further from the truth. The real reasons why dogs like to sniff each other’s butts is a bit more complicated.

Why Dogs Really Sniff Each Other’s Butts?

So why do dogs do this seemingly strange thing? What are they looking to find from each other’s butts?

why-dogs-sniff-each-others-buttsDogs sniff each other’s butts because the scent from their two anal glands provides them valuable information about each other.

Just by sniffing another dog’s butt, your dog is able to tell his/her sex, temperament and even whether the other dog is healthy or not.

In conclusion, it’s perfectly natural for dogs to sniff each other’s butts, so the next time you are in a public park with your beloved dog, don’t be embarrassed if she sniffs another dog’s butt. It’s a totally natural doggy thing to do.


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