Can Dogs Smell Fear?

Have you heard that dogs can smell fear?

It's a common saying, "Act confident; dogs can smell fear!" It's been passed down for ages, but is it true?

Dogs Can Identify Fear in Humans, but Can They Smell It?

Dogs probably can't exactly smell the human emotion of fear. However, they can definitely identify and interpret humans' emotions and words. They probably do so by combining several sources of information.

Can You Hide Your Fear from Dogs?

Given the probability that dogs use scent, sight, and hearing cues to determine that we are afraid of them, it might be difficult to hide our feelings from these canine detectives. Still, it's important to do what you can to act calmly around a dog to decrease the likelihood of him challenging you.

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