Do dogs smell scary?
It has been proven that dogs have abilities far more powerful than humans, especially when we speak of smell , a meaning they have developed.
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The questions to ask about this fact are not only: “How evolved can the smell of dogs be?” or “What kind of odors can you see?” but “Can dogs interpret emotions, feelings, or sensations through smell?”
In this article of YourCatCareguide we will clarify the doubt to him if the dogs smell of fear . Keep reading and find out if this concept has scientific validity, whether it is a myth or if it is a bit of everything.
A hormonal question
The truth is that dogs, when smelling, can identify the body odor that certain hormones release when there is a sudden change of emotions (such as stress, anxiety or excitement), but the right science is not known if the dog is capable to analyze, identify and label these reactions.
These hormones are released both in blood and other body fluids (sweat, tears and urine), so at the time of a situation in which the body must generate these hormones, the person or other animal will smell different and the dog will be able to detect that there is a change.
The fact that the dog reacts strangely or negatively, as they say “do not be nervous because the dogs smell the fear and can approach you and even attack you,” is not proven . Some dogs approach because there is simply a special smell. However, other dogs can not even notice.
Keep in mind that our dear canine companions have around you a world of smells, all available at the same time.
Body language also influences
The ability that dogs have to read our body language is even more impressive than the sense of smell. They may detect fear more accurately through behavior or expression, however small it may be. Dogs are very sensitive animals and have investigative skills, being able to feel fear just by looking at us.
Our fear, being in many cases an irrational and unconscious emotion, and as a mode of protection, could lead us to have an aggressive or apprehensive attitude toward the dog. The dog could react as much to our behavior in this moment of tension as to its own emotional upbringing.
In conclusion, we should not remain tense and breathe a hundred times in the presence of a dog, but it will always be good to try to remain calm in the face of any situation that may create a certain anxiety. Lastly, and although we fully trust dogs (since they have always been man’s best friends), they are still creatures of the animal world, a puzzling world that we still have a long way to go.