15 Amazing Facts about Man’s Best Friend
Indeed, it is true - a dog really is a man’s best friend, but it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, dogs were only domesticated 32,000 years ago! This might seem like a very long time – and we encourage you all to make the most of it – but we are still learning all about our four-legged friends every day. From their favourite food, toys, personality quirks and which pet tags are essential – these are all important parts of learning as a responsible pet owner. Your fluffy friend cares about and loves you unconditionally, so it’s your responsibility to return the favour by taking care of them and learning all you can about your beloved pooch. Here are 15 amazing, interesting, and unusual facts about dogs that you might not have known!
- Dogs are as smart as a 2-year-old child! They can comprehend more than 250 gestures and words and do easy mathematical calculations, including counting to 5!
- Want to lower your blood pressure and anxiety instantly? Just pat your puppy. Reports have found that pets can reduce stress and hence, decrease blood pressure.
- Ever wondered why your dog poops in a certain direction? That’s because they like to do so by aligning themselves with the magnetic field of the Earth.
- The power of smell in dogs is nearly 10,000 times greater than human beings. No wonder they can smell that meaty treat even before you enter the house.
- Dogs get jealous! Studies have found that dogs can easily get jealous if they see you with another person or pet. Aww!
- If you think that dogs can only see monochromatic colours, think again. There have been studies that prove that dogs can also see in yellow and blue.
- Dogs have the ability to detect changes in the human body. For example, there are dogs for helping diabetic and seizure patients. Dogs with these specific skills are often used in care work and have pet tags that identify their skills!
- A dog’s feet give off a smell which is similar to corn chips. Their feet accumulate microorganisms from the ground and they sweat through their paws. Who knows why it smells like corn chips!
- Dalmatians are not born with their trademark spots. When a Dalmatian puppy is born, they are all white with their spots appearing over time.
- There is a total of 18 muscles in a dog’s ear because they rely on sound so much – that’s some power! This explains why they can hear sounds 4 times further away than humans.
- A dog uses their whiskers to sense their surroundings. For example, they can utilise their whiskers to detect small spaces and changes in currents of air.
- Dogs have wet noses because their nose produces a special mucous that absorbs scent from the air. Licking their nose, they can determine the type of scent through their mouth.
- Dogs curl up while sleeping to protect their important organs and abdomen from predators. This is an evolutionary trait.
- Dogs are able to hear at a higher frequency than human beings. They can hear at 8000 Hertz, while humans can do so at only 2000 Hertz.
- You are not the only one to dream; your dog can too! Similar to humans, dogs undergo REM sleep and during this stage, they are able to dream as indicated by their paw movements and twitching.