"Why does my dog go crazy for the fire hydrant? What makes a fire hydrant so special?"
Well, every hydrant has a story to tell. To us, the hydrant is a source of emergency water. That's it.
Our world is largely visual—auditory as well. Only 5 percent of our understanding of the world comes from smelling the world around us.
With our dog buddies, smelling is 35 percent of their way to sense the world around them. They can smell another dog's urine as much as three to five years after the dog has peed and left a house. This is still true even after ammonia, bleach, soap and water, and Lysol have been used to remove the scent.
We see a fire hydrant. Your dog sees the perfect vertical object, right at pee-pee level. (Dogs like to pee against something vertical, prominent, especially if it contains the mark of other dogs' urine.)
They like to mark their territory, but so has every dog preceding them. So, after taking a good sniff of this neighborhood landmark's contact list, after smelling all the other wizzers before them, they want to join the party and mark it last. In this hydrant pee party, the last guest to arrive is the guest of honor, the top dog.
In Studio City
Right in front of Paper Source
Is a yellow fire hydrant
That doggies have endorsed
With their wee wee, yes of course
And they’re down on all their fours
That’s how the dogs are riffin’ (how dogs are riff-riff-riffin’)
In Sherman Oaks City
Right in front of Galleria
A yellow hydrant is endorsed
By all the dogs who go off course
While their owners try to force
The dogs from sniffin…
But those dogs are only riffin’
They will never stop their sniffin’
They won’t stop sniff-sniff-sniff-sniffin'
No, they won't.