A pet with its own bed has a natural sense of smell, a pet owner who is familiar with pets’ personalities told The Washington Post.
Pet owners have long known that pets are sensitive to odors, but new research from University of Miami veterinary school shows that pet owners can teach their pets to sense and recognize odors by training them to smell.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the University at Buffalo, showed that pet noses are sensitive not just to smells but also to the taste of things.
The findings, which appear online March 22 in the journal Current Biology, are part of a growing body of research demonstrating how humans have been able to detect and recognize various kinds of odors and tastes.
“It’s important to understand how the body detects odors,” said Dr. Matthew G. Tingley, a senior author of the study.
“If the body doesn’t have an accurate sense of odor, it doesn’t know what to do with that information.”
Tingley said that the study also suggests that some species of dogs and cats, such as Siberian huskies, may be particularly sensitive to the smell of things they’re eating.
“We know that dogs and wolves can taste, so it makes sense that a human could be able to do that,” he said.
But how humans are able to distinguish odors from their own bodies is still an open question.
In humans, the sense of taste is known as the olfactory bulb, which is located on the back of the tongue.
Tingsley said it was difficult to know how dogs and other mammals are able foraging for food.
“When you’re looking for something, you’re trying to smell it,” he told The Post.
“So it’s hard to figure out what’s going on in dogs’ brains.
If you can see their sense of vision, it’s probably going to be something that they’re trying not to smell.”
The study also shows that dogs can identify certain flavors of food, which are not the same as the ones that humans have traditionally associated with food.
Teningley said the findings suggest that dogs have a distinct taste for certain food, perhaps due to a genetic difference between dogs and humans.
“They can pick up certain flavors from food that they’ve never had before,” he explained.
“I’m guessing that they may have the ability to pick up different flavors of things from different food groups.”
Teningley, who was not involved in the study, said that he was interested in learning more about dogs’ sense of the world, particularly the sense that they see the world around them and that they have a strong sense of perspective.
“I’m fascinated by dogs’ ability to see and understand the world and the way it looks,” he added.
“We know they’re able to see the ground and see things that are different than us.”
This article was originally published on The Washington Time.