Dogs are mostly sensitive to smell and this is their most developed sense organ. At birth, pups are borne blind and they only recognize their mother through smell. The nose is fully developed at birth and by the time they grow to depend mostly on their sense of smell. They have stronger sense of smell than humans and without this sense they get confused and lost in the world.
It’s estimated that a dog can catch a smell of something that is 100 times less concentrated than what humans can decipher.
This makes it easy for dog to find lost humans buried in rubble.
This leads us to the story of how a dog follows woman wearing her owner’s wrapper to their home.
This story was narrated to me by a client of mine sometimes ago. According to him, his wife gifted one of her friends a piece of wrapper that is usually worn by some tribes in Nigeria.
It happened that one day, the friend visited her wearing the wrapper, on smelling the woman, the dog become very excited, wagging her tail. Unfortunately the woman didn’t see her friend at home and the dog followed the woman to her house mistaken her to be her owner.
Later, the woman came back to see her friend still tying the wrapper, this time she was lucky to meet her friend. Then another drama ensued, this time the dog started barking at the woman wearing her owner’s wrapper, she went as far as pulling on the wrapper, kept disturbing the woman that she had to leave immediately to remove the wrapper. By the time she came back wearing another cloth, the dog became calm.
She was confused earlier by assuming that the woman was her owner. Dogs understand and can distinguish any smell that goes into their nostril. Just as humans identify people by their face through their sense of sight, so do dogs identify humans and animals through their smell.
As a vet, when I get to a home for house call, on nearing the gate even without knocking the dog begins to react. Some will go and hide, others will continue barking depending on the temperament of the dog.
Stories like this abound on how dogs use their sense of smell to see the world around them.
We will like to hear story of other funny or intelligent things you dog have done in the past.