Our Neonatal period will include Early Scent Introduction. It’s introducing us to a variety of pungent scent items, as well as items we may interact with in our daily life. This exercise means we have the potential to be more alert companion, service, detection, hunting and therapy dogs. Why are Scent abilities important? Some children with autism tend to wander or run off. If their companion dog is able to easily follow the child’s scent, they can locate them. Service dogs, trained in scent work, can identify the early stages of diabetic reaction, or the onset of a seizure. All these skills are enhanced with ESI.
📝 All puppies had a positive reaction to Texas Cedarwood.
⚠️ ESI is not training, it’s priming their olfactory sensors to prepare them for scent training when they are older. The blood vessels in a dog’s nose are so elaborate. Their sense of smell is one of their most important tools for interpreting the world around them, so it’s no surprise that much of their brain is dedicated to their olfactory system.
Fascinating facts about a dog’s nose.
🐾Dogs have 300 million olfactory receptors, we have 6 million.
🐾A dog's sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times as acute to that of humans.
🐾The olfactory bulb is 40 times larger in dogs than in humans, relative to total brain size.
🐾Dogs can use each nostril independently.
🐾They have a whole olfactory organ of their own, the Jacobson's organ, specifically designed to pick up pheromones.
🐾Thanks to the Jacobsen’s organ, dogs can also smell through their mouths, unlike humans. We only have the sense of taste and touch through our mouth, but dogs have taste, touch, and SMELL in their mouths!
🐾Our brains are dominated by a large visual cortex while theirs are dominated by the olfactory cortex.
⚠️ These are reasons why its so important to ALLOW US TO NOODLE AND SNIFF when out for a walk.
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