What about “I smell the flower”? Sniff in the sense of smelling is generally used to describe something a dog would do, humans would sniff to express disapproval or sniff when the nose is running. Is it the same animal connotation for haistella or it is a “human” verb too? Thanks.
To smell something is to merely be aware of an aroma entering your nose, whether it was intentional or not. It is therefore passive. To sniff something is to intentionally draw air into your nose. At least in Finnish, there is no animal connotation whatsoever in it.