How Well Can Dogs Taste?

A dog’s sense of taste

On average, humans have roughly 9000 taste buds on their tongues, while the average dog has 1700. It is estimated that their sense of taste is about one-sixth as powerful as ours. However, dogs can still taste sweet, sour, salty, umami and bitter foods. They also have an additional taste geared for water due to special taste buds that react to water as they drink and become more sensitive as they become thirsty.

The role of smell

Smell and taste are closely related, with both playing a crucial role in how a dog experiences their food. The sense of a dog’s nose is significantly stronger than humans, with a total of 125 million sensory glands compared to humans with 5-10 million glands. As a result, their sense of smell gives them a better taste of what is in the bowl and plays a prominent role in gathering information about their environment, including their food.

Picky Eaters

From time to time, some dog’s may become “picky eaters”; this could be down to several reasons, such as being fed table scraps and treats more frequently. Over time this can become a problem for pet owners. There are a few tips to help to stop picky eating, such as:

  • Training the dog to eat at specific times of the day
  • Limiting the number of treats and table scraps they are given
  • Keep the food fresh by ensuring the packaging is sealed or closed properly


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