November 18, 2021
Why is your dog’s nose a superpower? | Dog Edition #42

Imagine if you could sniff out where your favorite chocolate is hidden in the pantry? Well, that is the superpower that is a dog’s nose. So why is it so incredible and how does it keep humans safe?

Did you know, a dog could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water – that’s two Olympic-size swimming pools! With that kind of superpower, it is no wonder we rely on them to keep us safe every day in ways you may not even realise.

Why is your dog’s nose a superpower?

With up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans and a sense of smell that is about 100,000 times more sensitive than us, there is no doubt a dog’s nose is a superpower.

But why?

Evolutionarily a dog’s sense of smell helps them find a mate, locate their puppies, food, and avoid predators. But for decades they have also been helping to save human lives by putting their noses on the line all in the name of duty. From detecting danger to diseases to a new frontier, which we will explore, dogs are helping to keep humans safe and save lives, all in a days’ work.

Journey through this episode as we uncover the intricate make up and incredible reasons a dog holds such power on the tip of its snout.

About Frank Romano, Golden Gate K9 Detector Dog School

Frank Romano is a retired K9 Officer/Departmental and a K9 Trainer/CEO-Master Trainer at Golden Gate K9 which specializes in the training and maintenance of Police Service Dogs, Detection Dogs, and Personal Protection Dogs. He also trains family dogs for pet owners, Detection Dogs for businesses and as a team sport for fun. He is also owner operator of Dogfather K9 Connections, a 17 Acre Dog Ranch which contains a 35 commercial dog kennels, 8 large exercise/ break areas, multiple training fields/sites, a swimming pond, private dog park, pet taxi, and grooming salon.

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Dogfather K9 Connections


About Ryan Llera, Veterinarian

Dr Ryan Llera is a small animal veterinarian in Kingston, Ontario. Originally from Florida, he married a Canadian who is also a vet, and they have a daughter. They share their home with an English Springer Spaniel and Australian Shepherd mix (who are both into competitive scent detection), 2 cats, 1 rabbit, and 1 horse. He has a primary interest in endocrinology (diabetes, thyroid disease, etc.), dentistry, and especially surgery (including non-routine procedures).