Do dogs recognize you by sight or smell?

There is no end to the questions about dogs for those who love dogs. Many people ask us a lot of questions about dogs. One of the questions is "Is it true that dogs can recognize a bad person just by smelling them?" 

Well, Today we will try to answer this question according to the opinions of various researchers. Various researchers have given various views on this subject.

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According to some experts, "Dogs do not detect the 'good' and the 'evil,'  but they simply smell emotions. In fact, dogs can differentiate between hormones such as happiness, depression, nervousness, rage, and fear of someone's feelings. Therefore a form of scent that alarms the dog would be secreted by someone with bad intentions."

According to some other experts, "dogs can sense certain types of badness in some people. Quite soon, they can realize which person is believable and which person they will love. But not all breeds of dogs can do it."

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The enormous resources of the chemical analysis laboratory hanging from the front of the face of each dog are legendary. Your dog can smell the big human 'emotion' hormones, adrenaline, cortisol, and Pitocin, a mile away, as well as working out the subtle nuances of the bitch in heat 3 doors down.

Adrenaline release means Excitement , Cortisol release means Stress , Pitocin release means Love. In various combinations, these hormones are like aromatic billboards transmitting human emotional states to identify all dogdom.The combination of Adrenaline and Cortisol refers to excitement/fear. And the combination of adrenalin and pitcoin refers to excited/love. 

When a good man generally becomes happy and excited when meeting a new dog. On the other hand, a bad person does not like to come in contact with dogs. In fact, they have bad feelings in contact with dogs.

The hearing of dogs reaches frequency ranges far above the ability of humans to hear, tiny "stress overtones" and subtle tone, timbre and pace changes are as important to dogs and the "meaning of the words they acknowledge.

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In response to this question, some dog owners have shared their own stories.

Anita Schilder recounts her story

His name was Max. He was such a sweet dog, very friendly to anyone, he didn't have a single bad bone in him. I used to have the Tervuren Shepherd. He loved human beings.

I'd take him for long walks, and a lot of people will drive by and he'd just be walking, wagging his tail. It was only a few times when we were on a walk that he would suddenly tense and push his body against my leg. He would look at a certain individual and begin to growl. As far as I could see the person Max was concentrating on did not act differently from the other people on the street. So I do not know why Max reacted that way. But he kept growling and pressed himself against my leg until we had passed that person. Even then a few times, he would look behind him to check where that individual was. And he would only relax again when that person was truly out of sight.

So, did a poor person know Max? I know not. In that guy, I saw no odd behavior.

He could let men and women pass by even at night, our last walk of the day without a problem, but then unexpectedly he would see someone even if they were walking on the other side of the road, and the same thing would happen. He'd push himself against my leg, bare his teeth, growl, and never take that person's eyes off until he was gone.

Unfortunately, he died all his life when he was almost 3 years old when he had an epileptic seizure on the beach, and it happened 3 or 4 times that he acted that way. So again, I don't know if he knew they were evil, but he certainly didn't trust them.

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Tanya Viars says

The rescued border collie cross was my very first dog. When she was about 6 months old, I got her. She was nice to all, other dogs, kids... she was a little sweetheart. Two or three months later, through a friend, I met a guy who looked very cool and wanted me to do some work for him. It was something I could do at home on the phone and on the screen, which was ideal at the time because of my circumstances. We settled on the total price that he would pay me for my job, and because of that, I was able to schedule a long-awaited vacation. Most of this conversation was done away from home, but certain stuff for the work he had to drop by. Annie began growling before he even got to the front door. I didn't even know that there he was. Before I had strangers (to her) come over and she never responded, other than wagging her tail and trying to lick them to death when they walked in. I shushed her and let him in and she immediately put him back by the door in the corner, growling, and barking and showing her teeth.I took her out of the room and put her behind a closed door, but she was still barking and growling. He was trembling and gave me the papers and mumbled about my $percent*&dog and left with something. She'd been right. I did all the work, he didn't pay me a penny, and he kept his own revenue. He lied and said no money was made, but I learned the truth and other stuff I didn't want to know about him because we had friends in common, all confirming that my Annie was right. With another guy, she never behaved that way. Since then when they give their opinion" about someone, I have always listened to my dogs, and they always have to be wrong.

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John Bickel says

We had a dog that was an outstanding character judge (a German Shepherd/Samoyed mix). She was very suspicious of two people in general, and would not leave their presence when they came, always standing about 15 feet from them, clearly watching them, letting them know that they were being watched. One was my dad's best friend, a chronic addict, certainly a sketchy man. She didn't even need to smell him to pick up on his mood, but she was probably able to. The other was my former foster-very sister's sketchy husband. She treated them both as if she knew we had a killer in our midst.

The second man was later accused of raping his step-daughter. It's not as though we couldn't say that he wasn't really all right, either, but we had no idea that he was so depraved. The puppy, she recognized. However, I think part of what she was reading was us, because for her our apprehension was a red flag.

I still had the impression that she was collecting a lot of data from people at various levels. That's the only way she ever behaved towards those two people that I recall. When she visited my friend drunk, she nipped my friend once, pretending to compete with my sister, causing her to scream repeatedly. Nikki warned him a lot, barked loudly, and told him that she could only bear so much. At one point, they jostled each other, my sister and that friend, with something tripping over him. She bit him in the ass, not hard enough to really injure him, but enough of a warning that he knew it was enough to get him down even further. It was a brilliant job, a totally suitable reaction. She was such a kind, thoughtful, loving dog that if it were appropriate, she would probably have handicapped him without seriously hurting him. If it had been appropriate, She saw this as her work, and she was going to succeed in protecting us. 

However it is not like dogs are just perfect character judges; it depends on the dog. I recall that one friend's husky was at first wary of me only because he didn't recognize me. I would pick on him about that, questioning his judgement. All the other huskies gave me a quick "ok" status in that household; I'm not sure what was different, perhaps just his personality, his attitude. There's a good chance he was just messing with me; he wasn't nervous, just saying that at least initially, I wasn't in his group. He let it drop with more exposure, and he and I once ran a dog and a human 5k race together a really memorable experience.

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