Why does my dog sniff other dogs’ pee? It’s a question we’ve all had at one time or another – and it’s certainly not a new one. But what is the reason that our dogs seem to be so interested in other dogs’ pee? The answer may surprise you: It’s because they’re trying to get information about the other dog!
Dogs have very different body language than humans and their way of saying “hello” is sniffing each other’s butts, not shaking hands. If a dog approaches another dog, they will sniff their butt to say hello, goodbye and even when they are hungry or not hungry. This can be confusing for us because we don’t know what our dogs are trying to communicate with this behavior.
Pee is a form of communication between dogs.
While you may have thought that your dog’s constant licking of other dogs’ pee was just a sign that he was hungry or thirsty, science shows that there’s actually a deeper meaning behind the act.
Dogs communicate with each other through urination, marking their territory and letting other dogs know what they want — whether it be playtime or to say hello.
When dogs urinate on something, they release chemicals into the air that tell other dogs where they are in relation to themselves as well as how healthy they are at that moment. This means if someone has an infection in their urinary tract system (like a UTI), other dogs will be able to smell it when they leave behind puddles of pee on the ground during walks together.
They smell things differently than we do.
Dogs have a different sense of smell than we do, so they experience the world in a different way. They can detect smells much better than we can, and they are more sensitive to certain odors. Dogs also have a greater number of scent receptors in their nose than humans do, which means that dogs can pick up scents that would be undetectable to us.
Dogs use their sense of smell for many things: hunting prey, identifying other dogs and individuals (including you!), exploring new areas, finding food and water sources…and marking territory!
Should I allow my dog to lick other dogs pee?
Dogs lick each other’s pee for a variety of reasons, including to bond with each other and to show dominance or submission. It can also be a sign of affection. Sometimes when dogs lick their pee, they’re trying to extend their scent onto another dog’s legs so that the other dog smells like them. Other times, they might do it because they’re curious about what the other dog has been up to or because they want to mark the area as their own territory.
However, some dogs will lick other dog’s pee because they’re trying to communicate that they’re not a threat. They might be afraid of the other dog, or perhaps they’ve been hurt in some way by another animal and are letting it know that they don’t want any trouble.
How to stop dogs from licking other dogs’ pee
When your dog licks other dogs’ pee, you may feel like it’s the end of the world. It’s not. Your dog is just doing what comes naturally to him, and he can be taught to stop this behavior if you handle it properly.
First off, make sure that your dog is well-socialized. If he doesn’t know how to behave around other dogs or people (and especially children), then he might lick their pee as a way of asserting himself over them and protecting his pack/family unit from intruders.
Next, make sure that you’re giving him lots of exercise and mental stimulation. Dogs that don’t get enough playtime can become bored and restless, which leads to unwanted behaviors like licking other dogs’ pee.
If you suspect that your dog is licking other dogs’ pee because he’s bored, try taking him on more walks or playing with him in the backyard. You can also invest in a dog toy puzzle to keep his mind occupied while you’re at work during the day!
Finally, if you catch him licking another dog’s pee, don’t yell or hit him. This will only make the problem worse because he’ll think that you’re trying to punish him for something he didn’t do. Instead, calmly say “no” and then remove your dog from the situation so that he doesn’t have access to any more pee.
Dogs are fascinating creatures, they can get a little gross at times but we still love them. We know that they don’t like getting their teeth brushed, but why do they lick your face even when their breath smells like something died in there?
It’s important to remember that dogs are not human and will behave differently than we do. They communicate in ways that might seem strange to us because it’s instinctual for them but weird for us!