10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Dog
Just like people, dogs are individuals. Each one is different, with their own quirks and personality. A dog becomes part of our family, more than just a pet. We know a lot of facts about our dogs – their likes and dislikes, what you should never feed a dog, and so on. But there are some things about your dog that might surprise you. If you’ve ever wondered why your dog’s nose is always wet or why they’re so happy to eat literally anything, read on!
1. Dogs Have a Sense of Time
Ever wondered if you dog has a sense of time passing when you’re out and about? Do our dogs miss us when we are gone? Well, the short answer to that is yes. Studies have seen that dogs have different levels of enthusiasm upon their owners return based on the length of time they were gone. Generally, the longer the time left alone, the more enthusiastic the welcome the owner received on returning home.
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2. Why Are Dog’s Noses Always Wet?
A cold, wet nose is usually seen as a good indicator of your dog’s health. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, dogs lick their noses often. You’ll likely have seen your dog doing this. But also, dog’s noses secret mucus. This helps them track scents. Also, since a dog can’t cool down the way a human does, their cold, wet nose helps to keep them cool during hot weather.
3. Greyhound VS Cheetah
If you own a greyhound, you might be interested to know that your dog could outrun a cheetah in a long-distance race! Greyhounds can reach speeds of 35mph, and they can maintain this speed for up to 7 miles. Cheetahs, while incredibly fast, don’t have the same stamina.
4. Your Dog’s Nose is like a Fingerprint
If you look closely at your dog’s nose, you’ll notice a kind of pattern. Dog’s noses have bumps, lines, and ridges. Just like a human fingerprint, this pattern is completely unique to each dog.
5. Dogs Dream
You might have seen your dog twitching, whimpering, or even growling and barking in their sleep, and wondered whether they were dreaming. The answer is likely yes! When we sleep, we go through various cycles. We’re most likely to dream during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycles. Dogs go through the same kind of cycles, and the same part of their brain lights up when they dream. While it’s difficult to say what dogs dream about, they probably process their day the same way a human does. If your dog’s paws are twitching, they’re likely dreaming about chasing something.
6. All Puppies are Born “Prematurely”
Newborn puppies are blind and deaf because they are not completely developed. It takes a few weeks for puppies to begin responding to noises. Caring for newborn puppies can be difficult, and it’s important to do proper research.
7. Dogs Sweat Through Their Paws – and Certain Breeds are More Prone to Heatstroke
Dogs don’t have sweat glands the way humans do. Their only sweat glands are in their paws, and their primary method of cooling down is through panting. Dogs can overheat very easily, and it’s important to be aware of this during hot weather. Every dog owner knows never to leave a dog in a car, even just for a few minutes. However, taking your dog for a walk on a hot day can also be bad for them. Remember, dogs have a thick fur coat and hardly any sweat glands.
A good rule of thumb is to lay the back of your hand on the pavement, or stand barefoot in a sunny spot. If the ground is too hot on your skin, then it will be too hot for your dog’s paws. Heatstroke in dogs can be very dangerous. Also, take into consideration what kind of coat your dog has. Dogs with long, thick, or dense fur will heat up much more quickly than a dog with shorter fur.
Certain dog breeds, such as bulldogs, pugs, and Pekinese can be more prone to heatstroke. This is because of their flat, wide skulls and short noses. They can’t pant as efficiently as other dogs, limiting their ability to cool down.
8. Dogs Aren’t Completely Colorblind
It’s a commonly held belief that dogs can’t see color, and therefore only see in black and white. This isn’t quite true. Dogs can see a variety of colors, including blues and yellows. They might not correctly perceive some shades of red and green, seeing them as brown or grey instead. Even so, dogs still can’t see as many colors as a human.
9. The Meaning Behind a Dog’s Yawn
You might presume that a yawning dog is just tired. After all, that’s why humans yawn. While this is sometimes true, dogs also yawn to calm themselves down. A frequently yawning dog might be stressed or anxious. Other signs of anxiety include paw chewing (which could also be a sign of injury) and your dog licking their lips frequently. Anxious or bored dogs might also chase their tail. While this is cute occasionally, if your dog often chases their tail, you might want to look into providing a little more physical or mental stimulation.
10. Petting your Dog is Healthy!
We all love petting our dogs! It’s a wonderful bonding experience, and it can also be good for us. Petting a dog can actually cause a significant drop in blood pressure.
Aside from this, owning a pet can have so many other benefits. Dogs provide companionship, love, and motivation. Having a dog can encourage us to be more active, reduce stress levels, and can keep our minds sharp.
For those who own dogs, this might not be new information. We know that playing and petting our dogs makes us happier and relaxes us. It’s good to know that it can help our physical health, too.