They smell fear...
August 14, 2012 7:03am CST
Or do they? I'm referring to animals. Old people would tell me that animals have this distinct kind of sense and that is the sense to smell fear among people. One good example is when a dog tries to attack people. They said that a dog sense fear that's why they will bite you. But if you don't fear them and in fact you show them that you are going to fight them without fear and that you are better than them, they will back out. I don't know if this is real or not. All i know is that dogs bite as a form of self-defense. So when they are threatened they will try to defend themselves in a way that they know and that is biting. So what do you think?
• Lima, Peru
17 Aug 12
I have heard this also a lot of times, that dogs smell fear. I couldn't say whether it is true or not. I heard also that ones should not look direct to the eyes of the dog, because it means that you are challenging him. Sometimes I hear on the news that people was attacked by dogs and it's terrible how they will be hurt by them. I think their owners must be careful in order to avoid that their dogs can hurt people.
• United States
15 Aug 12
I have heard that same thing about smelling fear. I think it is more about your body language the anything they may smell. Some dogs do bite when threatened, but we must be aware that there are some dogs out there that are just mean and will bite without any provocation. Those types of dogs you can tell by their body language before getting in close contact with them.
18 Aug 12
When a person feels fear, the temperature of the body goes up and starts to sweat inconsciously. The exudation of fear has got a special odor which the sensorial of dog captures inmediatelly, as this animal has got a high smelling qualification. So the dogs capture quickly when someone feels frightened.
• Bhubaneswar, India
15 Aug 12
Hi toni My experience and the time we (me and my only pet) shared, says a lot about this - sense of fear. It never happened again the second time, but one day when I was taking my bike out to drive to work, ploppy my late pet dog, started barking. I couldnt understand, but it felt that she wanted to break away from the chain and come to me. I went to her, patted her. Then returned back to the bike and the barks re-started. I did not know that while on work that day, I would meet with an accident. On return, mom did say that animals have this sense and there is something which dear ploppy might have foreseen. Also, the wailing of the street or pet dogs at night is not considered to be a good omen here owing to the similar reasons. (And I have witnessed something bad does happen the other day). So I am quite certain, that the fear is somewhere visible to the dogs more than it is to us. and maybe this is why the bites do come up - as a way of protecting themselves.
14 Aug 12
Well, the speech that dogs (or perhaps only certain breeds) can feel the fear of the people against them, that the thing I already heard from many people. As I said, I just heard the people say, but say the truth I have not read a scientific evidence, perhaps brought about an encyclopedia. Sure to be honest I have not seen any encyclopedia relating to dogs. Right now you have asked this question, I almost think I could read it (because the love for dogs that has my family, these books should I have more than one), maybe just the the salient points.