The sneeze reflex is a protective mechanism that is triggered when there is a foreign object (such as a hair or flea) entering the nose.The sneeze reflex is triggered when a dog detects something in their nose that they cannot see, such as a hair or a flea. If a dog has an allergic reaction to something, sneezing may be the only way for them to expel the allergen. There are two types of sneezes: one in which the whole body is involved and another in which only the head and neck are involved.The two types of sneezes both serve a purpose. The first type, known as the whole-body sneeze, expels irritants from the nose and throat by using the entire body as one unit. This type of sneeze may be necessary if your dog steps on a bee or if he gets hair in his nose. The head-only sneeze expels irritants outside of the nose by using just the head and neck. This type of sneeze may be necessary if your dog bumps his head on a table or if he gets hair in his mouth. Both types of sneezes can be painful for your dog, but they are designed to be that way so that he can remove an irritant from his body safely and painlessly without disturbing it further with his teeth or claws.
How many sneezes is normal for a dog?
The answer to this question depends on how old your dog is and what his health is like.If your dog is healthy and old, one sneeze will probably be enough to do some damage. However, if he has a cold or other illness, more than one sneeze may be necessary before the pollen or other allergen comes out.If you see him sneezing, stop him from sneezing and covering his face with his paws. Encourage him to walk away or play with a toy while his nose is stopped up. Then he can calm down and sneeze again without tearing up the house or causing any more damage.