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Old 08-03-09, 03:50 AM
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Sweaty dogs

It is not possible to sweat from the tongue. Instead, when a dog pants it is simply salivating. When the wind meets the saliva there is a cooling effect. Human sweat glands span the entire body. This is not the case for dogs. Instead, dog sweat glands are located in their paws. Paw pads, to be more specific, help regulate a dog's body temperature the same way human skin works.
No, a dog does not sweat through its nose. It is nothing out of the ordinary for a dog to have a wet nose. The normal state of a canine nose is somewhere in between clammy and dank. That's mucus! Mucus helps smells stick to the nose and helps dogs with their sense of smell.
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Thanks for clearing that up.
But why do they yawn when you scratch the back of their heads?
Is that also mucus-related?
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i misread the title. i thought this was about confectionary and desserts.
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I thought it was about Odor Eaters...
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Why do dogs like sticking their head out of car windows?
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Why do dogs like sticking their head out of car windows?

and stick their paws out and do "waves"?
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Old 08-03-09, 08:25 AM
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Except for the fat/sausage shaped beagle that wanted to sit on the new couch next to me, no sweat there - just pure dirty dog smell. Blech.
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They like sticking their heads out of cars because of the new and exciting smells rushing past them, it's not a good idea to let them do that, they can get high speed objects up their nose/in their eyes etc.

Tude, that dog needs a bath. I can't stand smelly dogs. WASH YOUR DOG IF IT STINKS PEOPLE.

A slight doggie odour is ok, but full on "OMG what is that stench!?" is not ok. I especially hate when I pet a dog and my hand reeks after. Blech.
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Old 08-03-09, 01:13 PM
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 08-03-09, 01:18 PM
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They like sticking their heads out of cars because of the new and exciting smells rushing past them, it's not a good idea to let them do that, they can get high speed objects up their nose/in their eyes etc.

Tude, that dog needs a bath. I can't stand smelly dogs. WASH YOUR DOG IF IT STINKS PEOPLE.

A slight doggie odour is ok, but full on "OMG what is that stench!?" is not ok. I especially hate when I pet a dog and my hand reeks after. Blech.
stinky dogs taste yuckie too
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No it isn't...

A wasp hit my eye when I was going 40 km/h down a hill on my bike. Car goes a lot faster than 40 km/h. Imagine if your dog got stung inside his/her mouth or on his/her nose etc?
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One of my dogs doesn't bother trying to cool off with her tongue. She finds water and jumps in it, including her water bowl and a toilet. The funny thing is she's not small at all, so she usually just gets 2 feet or her butt in it.

So we set up a kitty pool for her, filled with rain water.
One of mine does that too, but she will skip the pool of clean clear water for the big mud bottom puddle.
She will run until she is hot and tired, trot over to the puddle, wade in, and just plop down. Luckly she has short hair, so any mud is easy to rub/brush off.
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Old 08-03-09, 02:24 PM
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My dog hates water and at the offleash park near where we used to live, he laid down in an enormous mud puddle, that was fun to clean off.
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They like sticking their heads out of cars because of the new and exciting smells rushing past them, it's not a good idea to let them do that, they can get high speed objects up their nose/in their eyes etc.

Tude, that dog needs a bath. I can't stand smelly dogs. WASH YOUR DOG IF IT STINKS PEOPLE.

A slight doggie odour is ok, but full on "OMG what is that stench!?" is not ok. I especially hate when I pet a dog and my hand reeks after. Blech.
I'm doing my yearly week and a half stint watching my friend's poop doggy house and I do not think the dogs have ever had a bath. They always smell the same when I'm there. Smelly!
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Bummer...my former roommate's dog was a trifle smelly and had overgrown toenails, 12 year old GSD and she was sore from Arf-ritis and her hips so they didn't trouble her much. Poor old dog. Jessie and my Juneau got along very well, just hanging out. She was sick for awhile after Juneau and I left, I think she misses him. I miss her too.
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I'm doing my yearly week and a half stint watching my friend's poop doggy house and I do not think the dogs have ever had a bath. They always smell the same when I'm there. Smelly!
do dogs wash themselves? in the wild or domesticated. are they like cats?
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My dog rejoices in rolling in any smell she finds. If she kills a bug, or a bird, or a squirrel, she will lay down on it and roll around. She is a beautiful, intelligent creature except for her proclivity to wallow in filth.
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jsharr, they do that to hide their own smell so they can hunt prey better, since your dog seems to enjoy killing things, makes even more sense.
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she is a border collie and is incredibly swift. In the three years she has been with us, I have found 1 dead squirrel in the back yard. she was rolling on it. Not sure she killed it, but she dearly loves to chase the things. I have also seen her give chase to birds and have found one dead bird in the back yard, or parts of one dead bird. Again, never saw her kill it.

If she is walking across the carpet in the den, she will often lower her nose to the floor and sniff out a place for nice roll on her back. I see her do this with some regularity in our yard and on walks.
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do dogs wash themselves? in the wild or domesticated. are they like cats?
The beagle is so fat it has not anything to do with it's hind end in years.
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she is a border collie and is incredibly swift. In the three years she has been with us, I have found 1 dead squirrel in the back yard. she was rolling on it. Not sure she killed it, but she dearly loves to chase the things. I have also seen her give chase to birds and have found one dead bird in the back yard, or parts of one dead bird. Again, never saw her kill it.

If she is walking across the carpet in the den, she will often lower her nose to the floor and sniff out a place for nice roll on her back. I see her do this with some regularity in our yard and on walks.
I had a border collie mutt when I was a kid that adored chasing things, especially cats...occasionally kids, cars etc. He never killed anything. It could be a cat is sneaking in your yard and pwning birds/squirrels and leaves the remains for your dog to gleefully roll in?

My current dog is a dedicated chaser. I've had to chase him down the street in my pajamas before.
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Well I'm off for a 12 mile ride - feed the dog, clean her cats out - feed a big iguana - oh and a gwecko (done for TreeDude). And maybe I'll be home by 8 pm. To my little kitty!
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Does the iguana try to hit you with his/her tail?
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