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A dog’s nose can detect many things: when a person is about to have a seizure, the latest news at the fire hydrant down the street, and even your emotions. However, that nifty sniffer can also get you and your pup into some embarrassing situations. If your dog has ever gotten a bit too up-close and personal with a visitor, you know what we mean.

Can you deter inappropriate sniffing? Yes! One way is to give your dog plenty of appropriate smells to savor—like hiding kibble-filled toys for them to find and taking leisurely walks around the neighborhood. If that doesn’t do the trick, we recommend checking out WebVet’s list of "7 Ways To Stop Inappropriate Dog-Sniffing” to help lessen those awkward smelling incidents.

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