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I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. I'm also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. I worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai for 14 years.

This blog is for aboriginal breed enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah) and INDog-mix mongrels are featured here. The two are NOT the same, do please read the text on the right to understand the difference. Our aim: to create awareness about the primitive natural breed called the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

SniffWorld

'Our own weak olfactory sense has, no doubt, limited our curiosity about what the world smells like. A growing coalition of scientists is working to change that, and what they have found about olfactory animals, dogs included, is enough to make us envy those nose-creatures. As we see the world, the dog smells it. The dog's universe is a stratum of complex odors. The world of scents is at least as rich as the world of sight.' - Alexandra Horowitz,  Inside of a Dog.

Which is why the K Gang are allowed to spend as much time as they like sniffing, on every outing. With only very reasonable restrictions on what they sniff. Trash of any kind is a strict no-no. 

A word of caution: was your Indy ever a free-roaming dog? Because free-roamers almost always have the scavenging habit, and they don't give it up no matter how much gourmet food you may give them at home. 

Under the guise of just following scents, Kimaya sometimes tries to snatch up a piece of bone or rotten fish dropped by crows. So I check the ground as we walk, to see whether any such 'goodies' are lying around, and I watch her very closely at all times. Kiba never scavenges by the way. I adopted him when he was just four weeks old and had never eaten solid food. 

Some of our sniff-walking pictures:







And sometimes we just walk


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1 comment:

Kiran Khalap said...

What eyes are to human beings (90% of information), noses to dogs, right?