My dad had this great idea that he never pursued, he said that dogs were not interested in watching TV because they were driven more by smell than sight.  He came up with Smellavision, a device that would emit different odors to hold a dog’s attention.  It was an impractical device, as who in their right mind would buy such a contraption and also, he had no idea how to make it.  Dogs have a nose for odors, as they possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans.  The part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than that which a human has.  Certain dogs will hunt by scent rather than by sight.  These hunting dogs and are generally regarded as having some of the most sensitive noses among dogs.

The phrase, “Barking up the wrong tree” is an allusion to the mistake made by dogs when they believe they have chased a prey up a tree, but the game may have escaped by leaping from one tree to another.  This does not have to be associated with just dogs, as humans could also be accused of barking up the wrong tree. if they get something wrong while feeling that they were on the right track.

Written for Fandango’s February Expressions FFE Daily Adage – Barking up the wrong tree.

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  1. Actually (and I believe science will back me up) the olfactory thing might work, BUT dogs can’t ‘see’ TV anyway. Something about canine rods & cones being vastly different from humans, and unable to process the information. Also dogs see in black and white (apparently). Now I’ve personally found that a SOUND – auditory response, will get the boys freaking out and racing to find the other ‘dog’ , horse, cow, pig, bird whatever that they hear on TV. Um. And I realize that I’m probably blathering on about something you wrote for a daily prompt. 😐

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    1. Melanie you are never blathering, as I appreciate anyone that take the time to make a comment, as that means that you probably actually read what I wrote. I also feel that you are right about a dog’s sight, but I wanted to concentrate on the prompt and that would have detracted from the point that I was trying to make. How are the boys doing today?

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      1. They’ve had their breakfast and are happily snoring away in the great room, Pudge on his cushion and Ziggy in his favorite spot by the door. He gets up on the love seat there and stares out the window at who knows what… 🙂 Have a great day Jim! 😀

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