Breakdown of Dog Senses


Humans are able to detect the most information through sight, while dogs detect through smell. The sensitivity of their snout varies by breed. Dogs rely on smell to understand how we’re feeling and even to tell us apart.

Hearing is a dog’s second best sense. Most people know that a dog’s ear can pick up on frequencies humans can’t even hear. These frequencies range from very high to very low. Often times dogs will lose their hearing as they age, sometimes they even become completely deaf.

As in humans, a dog’s sense of taste is linked to their smell. But their sense of taste is the least developed; explains why they eat the nastiest stuff sometimes! Dogs actually prefer to eat things that smell bad and hardly take to chew or taste it.

A dog develops this sense immediately after birth because of their mothers tendency to lick and nuzzle them. A dog’s entire body is sensitive to touch and it’s a way they bond with their pack. Hence why petting is so important!

A dog’s sight is much different than a human’s. Dogs can see colors, but they see them much differently than us and much more muted. They see mostly in shades of black, white and gray. A dog’s night and peripheral vision is better than a humans, but they lack developed depth perception. Of course, a dog’s sight may get worse with age.

Dog senses are so intricate and being able to understand how our animals interpret the world makes it easier to care for them.