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Thread: "The Smell of Fear"... Or, "The Smell of Trials" Adrenaline and its impact on dogs

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    When I return home and let my dogs out, I guarantee you that if I have stopped at the butcher shop, for dogbones, they know it. HPW
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    There is an interesting book called "Inside of a Dog" that talks about a dog's senses, and also about how dogs evolved into phenomenal observers, and manipulators, of even the most subtle of human behaviors. I know I am well trained
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    This thread is way to heady for me, a child knows the difference btw grandma's and home, despite training
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    I have heard that before a test take a bath in tomato juice and it masks your smell of nervousness.
    A cold nose feels good on a hot day.....
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    Plants bend to the sun..ticks sense minute changes in the ambient temperature when warm blooded animals pass..spiders sense vibrations a seismograph couldn't read..fish feel the vibration of a single bait fish as it swims by..a raptor can see a mouse undercover from a mile high..dogs can sense the onset of an epileptic seizure before their brainwaves change..my dogs hear a slice of cheese being unwrapped in a 40 mph crosswind through cattails..to argue which sense a creature relays on the most is...um..futile..they use what is available to their best advantage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yellow machine View Post
    I have heard that before a test take a bath in tomato juice and it masks your smell of nervousness.
    Just sent my wife to the store to pick up 5 gallons. I'll try anything. LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yellow machine View Post
    I have heard that before a test take a bath in tomato juice and it masks your smell of nervousness.
    so, it was a bumpy field road to the testing site and some feller splashed his a.m. bloody mary all about himself, then told you that as a cover story.........


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    I have to agree with Chris. Having trained a dog that is almost completlely blind and rely's mostly on her scenting ability and watching her through everyday life (7 years), training and running tests, I believe the nose and scent is the main factor on how a dog communicates. Visual is an important part of it, but thats with close encounters.
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    I was not so much trying to discount the eyes and the ears.

    I do feel, though, that most all FT-aware retrievers, if driven to a trial in a dog box that they could not see out of, in a noisy box or with music playing (so they could not hear guns and such) would know by smell when they are at a trial.

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    I can travel 1000 miles and my dogs can always sense when we are 2 miles from home, they can be quiet for hours through fuel and airing stops but the barking begins when we exit the interstate close to home.

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