Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Your Scent Makes Your Dog Happy!

It's been scientifically proven that a dog loves an owner's scent over others, thanks to research published in the latest
Your Dog Loves Your Scent
issue of Behavioral Process.  Brain scans from 12 dogs proved a highly positive association towards their owner's scent over other scents.

Dogs have more powerful olfactory scenses than humans according to Berns, the Director of the Center for Neuropolicy at Emory University. While 12 dogs were being scanned by the MRI, they were presented with  different scents.

1. scent of an unfamiliar canine
2. a familiar canine that lives in the household
3. an unfamiliar person
4. a person in the dog's household (not the handler that brought the dog)

The experiment excluded the scent from a handler or dog present in the same room where the experiment took place.

All five scents elicited a similar response in the brains of the dogs.  However, the owner's scent elicited the strongest response, followed by that of a familiar dog.

Dogs love familiar scents, especially that of the owners.  If you leave your dog, put your scent in their bed. They will love it.

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