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Is it true or false that dogs sniff each others butts to say hello? The answer is actually false. Dogs have two anal glands in...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Sep 24th 2008


Is it true or false that dogs sniff each others butts to say hello? The answer is actually false.

Dogs have two anal glands in their rectums, which emit a strong scent. Dogs sniff each other’s butts in order to get a whiff of it. The aroma they smell gives them detailed information about the other dog.

The aroma emitted from a dog’s butt tells other dogs vital information about him. It tells his sex, health status and temperament. Therefore, on a first meeting, two unacquainted dogs know if they want to befriend each other or not. So what does that mean to us? It means we need to trust our dog’s instincts.

Interesting information, although I think I’ll stick to shaking hands. Anyone have any funny improper sniffing stories? I know you do, fess up. Give me a bark and share your story.