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I take public transportation to and from work and on occasion someone will board the train who is smelly – smelly feet, smelly pits, too much perfume, or just all around BO.  Whenever this happens, I scrunch up my face (nope, don’t have a poker face), wonder who the offender is, and then immediately wonder “is it me?”  Because of smelly people, I no longer wear perfume, I’m vigilant about showers, and I have foot powder at my desk.  Overkill?  Probably.

What is my dog trying to tell me when he sniffs my butt?

If you’re reading this, then you probably have a dog or have at least noticed that part of the dog to dog greeting is a butt sniff.  It’s something that I don’t even respond to except to tell Sydney “good girl” when she goes in for a sniff; she’s a bit shy around other dogs.  Although I know dogs take the time to sniff each other’s butts, whenever our dogs sniff my butt, I get a little defensive.

Dogs are not humans.

I know this!  We read it every single day.  Yeah yeah, that’s not my dog’s guilty face.  But I’m working with 42+ years of learned behavior and when my dogs sniff my rear, I get a little defensive.  Hey! I showered!

We know that dogs sniff each other’s butts, because there’s a story going on back there.  It’s our way of checking out someone’s Facebook profile – Who are you? Where have you been? Did you have a steak for lunch?  What’s up?  Is it really surprising that dogs sniff their human’s butt to figure out the same thing?  I did some reading and found that a gentle sniff is just our dogs’ way of signifying that we’re part of the pack.  It’s not their way of saying “wow, did you even turn on the water?”

But even knowing this, I still get a little sensitive and I’m tempted to run back upstairs to do some personal housekeeping just in case our dogs are picking up something that I may have missed.  Yes, a little TMI, but we live with dogs who lick their butts and we pick up poop daily – are you really offended?

When our dogs (keep in mind that we have three) come at my rear (or elsewhere) for a sniff, I just gentle push them away and step back.  I’m thankful for the welcoming, I know I’m part of the pack, but my privates are just that, private.  And at least it’s the dogs and not the cats.  I happen to know that if our cat starts scratching around me, trying to bury me, then I must smell like the litter box.

Does your dog sniff your butt?  Does it freak you out sometimes?

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