Dogs-Trailing Right Direction
Trailing Right Direction-Suppose a track is two hours old and a dog comes along and smells the track; he may follow it the wrong way for a short distance, but if so, he returns and follows in the right direction. This is not on snow where he could see the track. How does he do it?
One part of the animal’s foot throws off a stronger scent than the other parts, and the dog’s sense of smell being extremely delicate, he can distinguish between the toe and the heel of the track when he finds one which gives more odor than another, because of the surface of the soil. Did you never see a dog put his nose into a track and smell it, then walk around it and smell the other side? He was trying to determine which way the animal was traveling.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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