10 Amazing Facts About Dogs

-Dogs can have a sense of time. This usually occurs if the owner has a consistent routine for the dog. The dog might have breakfast at 9am in the morning, go for a walk 11am and have dinner at 6pm in the afternoon.

This might occur seven days a week for the first month. Judging by the consistency of this routine, dogs can use this to sense when a particular activity should occur and if it has not been fed or taken out for a walk yet, they can alert the owner. So, they can distinguish between different times.

-Dogs have what experts call a “sixth sense” which helps them to detect danger or life-threatening situations before it actually occurs. Clues to look out for are whining, erratic behavior or the dog trying to find a safe place to hide. So, this could be before a storm or a fire. Also, being able to sense illnesses, like cancer, in their owners.

-Dogs have a better sense of smell than humans. This depends on the breed, but it is estimated every dog has between 125 million to 300 million scent glands. Whereas humans only have 5 million. So, dogs can smell anything even the furthest of distances.

-Dogs have the ability to use “night-vision”, which allows them to see in the dark. This is done using the tapetum lucidum, which is a membrane in the dog’s eyes. By using light and motion sensitive cells in the retina, which are called rods, these can tell the difference between light and shadow when the dog sees. So, to be able to take in more light, the tapetum lucidum helps to rebound the light that the rods did not absorb into the retinas.

-The oldest dog breed in the world is the Saluki and it dates back to 329 B.C. where it was used by Ancient Egyptians. They were mostly used as hunting dogs to hunt prey likes hares and rabbits. Also, they were used as companions for the pharaohs during that time.

-When getting a dog, it is important to note that they should be neutered or spayed. It has been proven that female dogs, their mates and their offspring are capable of producing 67,000 dogs in just 6 years without being neutered or sprayed.

-As well as sense of smell, dogs also have fantastic hearing capabilities. They can locate the source of a sound in just 6/100ths of a second.

-When owners see their dogs tail wag, it appears to just be an action that the dog is doing. But to dogs, it is an expression of how they are feeling. If the dog is wagging its tail to the left, this usually indicates that it is scared or has a negative view of the person.

If the tail is wagging to the right, it usually indicates that the dog is happy or has a positive view of the person. Even the speed at which the tail is wagging and the tails position indicates how the dog is feeling.

-Dogs have been proven to improve mental health in humans. Both dogs and humans produce a ‘love hormone’ called oxytocin. This hormone is released when the dog and its owner interact with each other.

So, it could be a walk or even petting the dog. This helps to bring the relationship between the two closer and it can decrease depression and increase happiness in humans.

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