Cesar Millan is a well known canine expert. I was just reading an article about things we may not know about our dogs. Here’s what I learned:
Do you assume you recognize everything regarding your canine companion?
Well, maybe you better think again!
Your dog may have some secrets that will surprise you.
Your dog is about as sensible as a 2-year-old child.
There’s a reason babies and dogs understand each other – they’re speaking the same language. Well, not literally but their attention span or sense of understanding what you’re saying is limited to about 250 words and hand gestures.
Your Dog slurps just like your Cat
Dogs for sure are not as nitpicky as a cat. In fact, they are usually downright messy, like a toddler. When your dog finishes lapping the water in his bowl, you’d think a tsunami had hit the room. But dogs and cats really do lap the same – they both bend the tip of their tongue and bring the liquid to their mouth in a column.
Your dog really can tell time and can’t wait for you to return
Dog’s know when it’s time for dinner or that walk they get every day. Our canine friends develop habits and routines that they connect to time and how much time has passed. As a result, your dog knows when you’ve been gone longer than usual or your pattern changes. And they may become anxious when you don’t return when their clock says you should.
Does your dog just have great night vision?
Actually it’s those whiskers on their faces that help them navigate so astutely in the dark. The whiskers are able to distinguish even the slightest change in air currents, giving your pup the ability to sense scale, shape, and speed of things near him Your dog’s whiskers permit your dog to become aware of approaching dangers or prey even at nighttime.
Why don’t my dog’s paws burn on the hot pavement?
Well if it’s 130 degrees outside those little paws may burn but believe it or not dogs have sweat glands in their paws. The glands are found between their paw pads. The perspiration from those glands facilitates wetting the paws of their feet on a hot day just like the panting dog cools himself down.
Dogs are STRONG exerting up to 320 pounds of pressure
Humans can exert 120 pounds of pressure, white sharks 600 pounds and crocodiles can clamp down with 2500 pounds of pressure. Dogs achieve this strength by utilizing 10 more adult teeth in the canine jaw versus the normal human jaw of thirty-two teeth.
You have a teenager on your hands when your pup reaches one year old
A one-year-old dog is as physically mature as a 15-year-old human. The exact aging process varies by breed but on average they’re a teenager by the time 12 months have rolled by. Pedigree has an age calculator you can check out here.
You may think your nose is pretty sensitive but a dog’s 10 million times better
The breed of the dog determines the number of scent glands – 125 million to 300 million. Humans only have 5 million scent glands. Your dog’s “smell control center” in his brain is 40 times larger than yours. Your brain weighs in at 1/40th of your body weight. Your dog’s is 1/125th of their body weight.
Why does my dog hear things I don’t?
Your dog will hear sounds 4 times better than you. That’s the reason dogs will howl at a high pitched sound you most likely don’t even hear. Just as with humans though a dog’s hearing will change as the dog ages.
How can my dog always sense my feelings and emotions?
Your dog smells your feelings. You have a unique smell to your pet and over time your dog will develop a refined sense of noting changes in your scent.
Your smell of perspiration for example can signal your dog that you are becoming nervous or fearful. They’ve even begun to do research with dogs detecting certain diseases in humans and dogs often know when a household member becomes pregnant.
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