Does Your Dog Keep Sniffing The New Puppy? [Here Is Why]

Hey there, fellow pet parent! If you’re like me, then you know that taking your furry friend for a walk can be a fun and exciting adventure. But have you ever noticed that your pooch stops and sniffs around a lot? It can be pretty annoying, right?

Well, don’t worry, because there’s a good reason for your dog’s detective-like behavior. When your dog sniffs around, they’re communicating with the world around them. And when they sniff a new puppy, it’s their way of trying to build a relationship and get to know their new furry friend.

But what if your dog sniffs excessively? Well, that could be a sign that they’re nervous or anxious about the new puppy. It’s important to let your dog take their time and get comfortable with the new addition to the family.

If your dog sniffs excessively or seems to have a sudden change in behavior, it’s always a good idea to take them for a medical checkup. And if you want to prevent excessive sniffing, try giving your pooch some nose workouts – they’re a great way to keep your furry friend’s nose busy and help them focus their attention.

In this article, we’ll explore the reasons why your dog sniffs around so much, as well as provide you with some helpful tips and tricks on how to manage their behavior. So, let’s dive in and find out why our furry friends love to sniff so much!

Why does your dog keep sniffing the new puppy?

Just like us humans, our loving fur -creatures are blessed with the five senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing in; which the sense of smell is extremely powerful, exceeding the human’s ability of smell.

The fun fact is that these blossom buddies have about 150 million olfactory receptors. In comparison, we humans have only about 5 million olfactory receptors.

Moreover, they use about 30 percent of their brain to detect and sense an odor, while the human brain uses only 5 percent of the brain.

Remember how Scooby-doo helped out his team through his ability to sniff?

Now, let’s move back to our real question about why your dog sniffs your new puppy!

1. “Hi, dude, who are you even?”

Imagine you try to introduce a new aunt of yours to your little toddler. Would that little kid go into the hands of that aunt at once? Some babies would, but most would not; they might initially cry with a teeny tiny bit of drama, won’t they?

Your doggy won’t cry for a puppy; instead, he will start to sniff your new puppy because he is nervous about the little guy inside his parent’s premises!

This nervousness may activate their olfactory receptors, and yes, they might begin to sniff, sniff and sniff!

2. Blossom buddy in Sherlocke-Holmes mode.

Your doggy might not even be nervous but might be just investigating whether he can be a friend or not with your new puppy. He might be trying to get to know the new puppy through its odor.

He might even check whether this new dude is safe for him and his dog’s parents. Who knows, the new pup might carry weapons in the eyes of your first best friend.

3. “I wanna hug this dude, but please understand, I can’t.”

When we humans meet someone, we would show our pleasure using words, hugs and laughter, and cheesy smiles, but our pooches are pretty ineligible to use words

or hug their newly met mate.

As a result of this, they will have to find a method of communication for themselves. So, here comes your oldie buddy taking up the first step in building up a new relationship with your new sweet little puppy.

He begins by sniffing and trying to communicate. Furthermore, they’ll ecstatically wag their tail if everything goes right.

Happy news for you as a dog parent as well! Will hardly ever see fights like the siblings’ human family if they go along well!

4. It’s a red alert!

As I mentioned before, the canine’s ability to smell is intriguing and extraordinary. It’s not only the changes in the environment they can detect, but also our pooches can also detect bodily changes. All thanks go to his sniffing ability!

Dogs not only identify the gender of your new puppy but also he is capable of alerting you if the new pup is in a critical health condition.

Dogs can detect if another dog or human has cancer or any other illness as well. Other than sniffing the new pup, if your dog is around your pup most of the time and looks depressed and sad when around the new puppy.

It is a critical alert for you to be extremely concerned about. Changes in behavior in your healthy dog might save your puppy’s life. Be alert!

5. Separation anxiety.

After adopting your new pup, were you giving your full attention only to your puppy? Yeah, this is something you should ask yourself.

Dogs tend to sniff excessively when they are under stress. It’s not only your new pup but also excessive sniffing of the surrounding.

Basically, separation anxiety can be defined as stress that occurs due to the separation of a loved one.

Other than excessive sniffing, dogs with separation anxiety can show the following symptoms.

  • Excessive barking and growling
  • Digging the ground
  • Urination and defecation
  • Overeat or doesn’t seem to eat at all
  • Isolating himself
  • Destructive chewing
  • Trying to scratch off doors and windows

As a dog parent, it is vital to be focused on changes in this way.

The above are a few reasons why your dog might be sniffing your newly bought puppy.

Suggested Reading: Read this if your puppy is scared of other dogs barking.

Should you worry if your doggo keeps sniffing the new puppy?

I would say it’s both a yes and a no. It depends on how your dog might be reacting toward the new pup. As I mentioned earlier, dogs can detect if there are any bodily changes in another dog; it’s not only just dogs but even in humans.

If your dog sniffs the new pup, you will definitely have to be concerned. You need to be alert about how your dog reacts when the puppy is around, whether he is happy or depressed.

Then you might be able to take to consider and act accordingly.

Dogs tend to sniff for fun and play around too. Trying to realize any other different behavior is vital to consider ‘sniffing” as a fact to be worried about or not.

What can you do if your dog sniffs your new puppy?

Sniffing is usually a natural habit in dogs.,but it can be a bit of a trouble bubble if the doggy begins to sniff excessively. Let’s check on what remedies we can implement when your dog begins to sniff your puppy pretty excessively.

1. “Check out.”

Before you think his sniffing is annoying, better check up on why he does so. He might be giving you a red alert, as I mentioned before. Moreover, if you feel like he is going through separation anxiety, show your blossom buddy to a veterinarian and follow all the procedures you can.

2. Doggy nose workout.

Now have you heard about the nose workouts? If not, let me tell you how it is done!

Start it with the game of “Find it.”Drop or hide a treat he loves and ask your blossom buddy to find it. Once he finds it out, applaud him and do it several times with him.

In this way, the doggy will get a bit tiring. It will be satisfied that he got to sniff and use his nosy, which in turn leads to making him prevent excessively sniffing off things other than his limit, which might even solve the problem of sniffing your new puppy too much!

3. The two powerful commands are “sit and leave it.”

Here is another mighty way to minimize your doggo-puppy issue. Teach your doggy the commands of “sit,” leave it.”Whenever your dog is ongoing with sniffing the new puppy, command him, yet with a kind, emphatical manner, to leave out what he is gasping.

When he listens to your command, use a doggy treat alone with praises such as “good boy” to make him happy! With time he’ll be used to this and minimize sniffing inappropriately.

4. The remedy of new routes.

As dogs enjoy sniffing, take him on a walk with the new puppy for at least one hour with you? Now, what’s with a walk and sniffing the puppy?

The tactic is all about “new routes.”Take the buddies to walk-in new routes. So in this way, instead of sniffing the pup, the dog will try to sense the route in which they are taken as it is a pretty new scent to him.

In this way, excise would get done as well as the sniffing problem will be reduced! Why not give it a try?

5. “Let your dog sniff you.”

Most of us as dog parents might think that backing away is a good idea to reduce the doggy from sniffing off. This might not really aid you cause the dog might feel that he is leading you.

Therefore instead of that, the best thing you can do is make him listen to your “No” and go forward and smile while giving a pat on his head.

How long will it take for a dog to get used to a new puppy?

At first, you might feel like it would take an infinite number of days for each other to get into place, but what if I tell you it will probably take only three weeks with proper care and love for both?

Yes, they will tend to get to know each other and maybe even be best friends in the future! Give them some time and their own space!

Things to be aware of.

Let me remind you of some vital things that you might tend to forget.

1. No punishing.

Sniffing is a natural habit of dogs, and that makes them happy. Sniffing excessively is the issue, isn’t it? So, in this case, punishing your poor pooch won’t solve the problem.

Instead, he will be traumatized and will tend to get isolated from you. So make sure to give kindness, and care with rewards if you need your doggy to minimize sniffing!

2. Don’t force him to “stop” sniffing entirely!

As I might have mentioned several times, dog sniffing is a natural behavior that you can never stop entirely. It is precisely an act of happiness for them. So, don’t force them to “stop” it entirely!


In conclusion, I hope I guided you on why your doggy might be sniffing your new puppy, how to act on it, and much more.

“Let them sniff; their world is made of scents more than sight,” they once said. Don’t ever forget this while trying to prevent your doggy “excessive sniffing” on your new pup.

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