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Why do dogs put their head out the windows of moving cars?

It seems like they would be annoyed by the wind, but they really look like they enjoy it.

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We’ve all seen dogs enjoying going for a ride in the car with their heads stuck out the window. They really do look so happy that the wind is blasting their face and blowing back their ears. Usually, their tongue is hanging out as well, also being blown back by the wind. The reason they do this is simply because dogs are curious animals. They like to experience the world around them as much as possible. Dogs sense things differently than us. Dogs use their noses much more. It is estimated that a dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 times better than that of humans. Comparatively, dogs have between 125 million to 300 million scent receptors in their nose and on the roof of their mouth, while humans have only 5 million. When a dog puts its out the window, all the air rushing around makes for quite a rich olfactory experience. All the scents of the world around for some distance can be felt by the dog.

Hanging the head out of the window, however, is not a very safe thing for a dog to be doing. A dog with its head out the window of a moving car risks being hit by insects or other small debris in the air. Also, the dog risks more severe damage by being struck by signs or even other moving vehicles. Because of this, it is not recommended to allow a dog to stick its head out of the window, no matter how much they may love it.

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