Why are dogs such top smellers?

Secondary KLAs:
Science, Technology
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12


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This engaging article outlines the science behind the sense of smell. It explains what makes dogs' noses and their sense of smell so powerful. It also describes how understanding the science has had implications for the potential development of new technologies.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC4-14LW) relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU150) Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs that carry out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce


(ACSHE135) Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations

(ACSHE136) Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management

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Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Animal structure and function, Dogs, Nose, Receptors
File type:
ABC - Ask an Expert
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Resource ID: b26f73f6-d4ac-4fad-8f60-e5c2adfcbb8a