:Kathy wonders…Posted: August 1, 2008
I have always heard that a dog’s strongest sense is their sense of
smell–they discern through their nose. But Tess, our bugling guard
dog, set up a racket in the kitchen when she saw a huge paper monster
(a shopping bag) quietly sitting in the hallway. She was in a frenzy
barking to let us know we were under attack by a strange object. Our
other 2 dogs wandered over to sit by her, more interested in her
behavior than concerned about the shopping bag. Pete and Sophie lead
with their sense of smell always. Pete is the most curious of the pack
and will patiently watch and study something before sounding the bark
alarm. You can actually watch him lift his muzzle high into the air,
catching scent…almost working his mouth as if to taste the new odor.
Tess appears to be much more sight oriented–barking at her own
reflection in our sliding glass door or woofing at a shovel left on the
porch, out of it’s usual place.
Has anyone else observed these behaviors in their own dogs? If Only
You Knew How Much I Smell You is an entertaining little book by Roy
Blount of dog stories.