Sniffing Butt: The Gateway Activity

According to some experts, dogs sniff each other’s backsides as a way of introducing themselves to each other. Others claim that it’s a little more complicated than that. They assert that dogs have two anal glands in their rectums, which emit a scent (mostly) undetectable to humans. This aroma essentially acts like the back of a baseball card, detailing the sniffee’s vitals—everything from gender, health status, temperament, even what they had for dinner last night. These so-called experts claim this behavior is analogous to the fact that we humans are able to recognize people by faces, clothes, and speech patterns.

Sniffing butt, is not just sniffing butt. It’s not just a way for our canine friends to say, “Hello, how are you doing today?” It’s not just a way our furry friends get the rap sheet on their fellow dog parkers. They’re doing it because they are in the “mood.” Think of it more like kissing than shaking hands, tonsil hockey without the tonsils. When one dog takes the nose plunge into another’s rump, it’s like getting to first base and saying, “I’m down to party, and by party, I mean make whoopee. Are you game?”

We at are on a mission to stop this sordid behavior, and to get cats and dogs to “stop chasing tail.” But we need your help! Though it may look harmless enough, a little sniff of the nether region will surely lead to more illicit behavior. And that’s the last thing we want. By putting a stop to sniffing butt, we’re putting a stop to doggie foreplay. Which is good, because then they won’t do the freaky deaky and certainly won’t procreate. And if they don’t procreate, they won’t add to the already overwhelming animal overpopulation problem in this country.

The same goes for cats. Though they may seem too prim to indulge into such unsavory behavior, I’ve never met a kitty who would pass up a good butt sniffing opportunity.

So let’s stop them all from sniffing butt. Starting…now.

Stay tuned to for more “stop chasing tail” action!

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  1. Katie
    Posted 12/02/2010 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t disagree with this advice more. Behavior issues are already the leading cause of death for pets in this country. Lets not go fogging things up further by telling people to discourage normal dog behavior. Chemical communication is an integral part of dog communication. They experience their world through their sense of smell first and foremost. The sniffing behavior is not the problem. The problem is that unaltered animals send different signals that lead to chasing tail! Moral of the story: spay/neuter or keep your dog on a leash. Discouraging the anogenital sniffing ritual is going to create a whole host of other problems.

  2. Posted 12/10/2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment. we actually do know that the sniffing of the nether regions doesn’t lead to fornicating, it’s supposed to be ridiculous, like a purity collar. or a humpable. we are trying to engage people into the spay/neuter conversation through humor and frankly...absurdity. it’s not to be taken literally. but what does need to be taken literally is our belief that spay and neuter is the only answer to end animal overpopulation. all pets should be spayed and neutered. trying to keep pets away from others doesn’t work. animals get out. accidents happen. but spay and neutering always works.

  3. Todd
    Posted 12/28/2010 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Hey Joey! I don’t own a pet, unless you consider a fish in
    a bowl a pet. More like a fish Azkaban. Anyway I find your clips
    very funny and worth watching if for nothing else than it’s
    entertainment value. I don’t know about you but I’m getting the
    impression that pet owners don’t have much of a sense of humor
    (Katie). Oh well. Keep up the good work and keep those clips

  4. sarah
    Posted 01/23/2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    ur ausome keep it up im suporting do u sell t- shirts cause ill buy one

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