15 Facts you didn’t know about your dog

Here are a few things you probably did not know about your best friend:

  1. Researchers still do not know for sure if dogs experience emotions such as guilt, empathy, or a sense of fairness.
  2. The sound of a human yawning can make dogs yawn. 
  3. Puppies purchased at pet stores are more likely to attack their owners than dogs obtained from non-commercial breeders.
  4. If you have cancer, diabetes, or epilepsy, your dog might be the first to know. Studies have shown that dogs can be trained to sniff out cancers of the lung, breast, skin, bladder and prostate. Researchers suspect the canines are picking up on extraordinarily faint scents given off by the abnormal cells. 
  5. Dogs can be as smart as 2-year-old children, according to research presented in 2009 at a meeting of the American Psychological Association. Border collies are the top dogs in the intelligence category, with some in the breed capable of understanding up to 200 words. Poodles, German shepherds, Golden retrievers and Dobermans round out the top five smartest breeds. (The most popular breed in America, the Labrador retriever, comes in at number seven.)
  6. Even if dogs have been domesticated since approximately 33,000 years ago, their primal instincts remain active to this day. Some of these instincts include howling at the moon, pack dependency and even territory marking.  
  7. Research shows that Dogs are the only animals in the animal kingdom that can read the emotions on your face much like humans. In other words dogs can tell at a glance if we are happy, angry or sad just by looking at our faces. 
  8. Dogs have a higher body temperature than humans. The average body temperature of a dog is 101 to 103 degrees F. for this reason, fleas are attracted to your dog instead of you. 
  9. Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.
  10. The term “dog days” has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July 3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures.  
  11. The Basenji is the only barkless dog in the world. 
  12. Dogs are capable of locating the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second by using their swiveling ears like radar dishes. 
  13. Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming 
  14. Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000 and cats have around 473. 
  15. When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory
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