A few weeks ago, we talked about some facts which make cats extra cute. But dogs are adorable, too! Here are 10 little known facts about man’s best friend that will make you love them all the more.
1. Dogs can smell feelings. They can smell through your sweat whether you’re afraid or nervous. So yes, they do smell fear, but it’s no reason to worry, they use their powers for good and will likely comfort you. Also, many dogs can scent illness or pregnancy.
2. Dogs’ noses are wet because the moisture helps them absorb scents, which is why they have such a great sense of smell. In fact, their sense of smell is sometimes as many as 100,000 times better than a human’s.
3. Dogs also have a better hearing ability than humans, too. They can hear up to four times the distance as humans and hear well above our sonic range. We can only hear up to 2,000 Hz at the best of times but they can hear up to 8,000 Hz. In addition to this, dogs have more than 200 muscles that control their ears.
4. Dogs are known for chasing their tails, but do you know why they might be doing it? Chasing their tail is good exercise and could come from a predatory instinct, but it has also been shown to be a good way to reduce anxiety.
5. Dogs have a good sense of time. They remember and adapt to habits and routines and understand when their human companions have been gone longer than usual.
6. Dogs pant because they can’t sweat, right? Well, panting does cool your dog down in the same way sweating cools humans down, only dogs can actually sweat, too. But it’s only through the pads of their feet, though. When they’re panting, dogs breath 10 times more rapidly than usual.
7. Dogs have the same sleeping patterns as humans, including REM (rapid eye movement), which means that they do dream. Puppies and older dogs have more dreams that adult dogs.8. It’s a myth that dogs can only see in black and white. They can also see in grey, as well as in cool colors (those being blues and greens). They can see yellows, too.
9. Just like yawning is contagious among humans, dogs can be triggered to yawn if a human nearby yawns. They are more likely to yawn if it is a human they know.
10. Petting your dog can help to lower blood pressure for you the human, but it also reduces the dog’s blood pressure, too. It’s a mutually beneficial sign of affection.
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