YOU WILL NEVER LOOK AT YOUR DOG THE SAME WAY.
You probably love your dog, but how well do you know him?
The dog hides important facts – facts that you might find surprising, amusing and perhaps disturbing. So keep reading, and you will never look at your dog the same way again.
Dogs have 18 muscles to move their ears
These muscles allow dogs to move their ears in a complex way, which is very important for them to capture sounds.
The nose of a dog is his fingerprint
The dog’s nose is a unique model that can be used to identify it, similar to human fingerprints. In addition, the moisture of a dog’s nose is a sign of good health and helps to capture odors.
Dogs can fall in love with you
Scientists have discovered that love is chemically apparent when a dog and its owner look into each other’s eyes. Specifically, one study found an increase in the level of oxytocin (sometimes called the “love hormone”) in a dog and its owner when they look at each other.
Dogs sweat only on their paws
Dogs have sweat glands only on their paws, and nothing on the rest of their body. Since they do not use sweat to cool off, dogs have developed another method: they ventilate and exchange heat while panting.
Small dogs can hear sounds in higher ranks
The ears of dogs are perfect tools to detect sounds. Dogs can hear sounds twice as far from our reach – and it seems that small dogs do better.
Dogs mark their territory with glands in their paws
In fact, dogs do not try to bury their poop awkwardly. They just perform another territory marking ritual. With the glands on their feet, they spread their scent and let other dogs know that they are present.
A dog raises a leg when he pee in sign of domination
Dog urine contains markers that inform other dogs of their presence, social status and sexual availability. Dogs raise their legs as high as possible to better “spread their message” and allow their smell to travel further.
Dogs are more aggressive when they walk with a man
The presence of a leash, the sex of the owner and the sex of the dog all play a role in the aggressiveness of a dog. It was found that dogs walked by a man were four times more likely to attack and bite another dog.
Scientists believe that dogs dream in the same way as us and look back at times they have experienced before. You can say that a dog is dreaming if he contracts his legs or barks in his sleep. Small dogs have more dreams than big dogs.
Dogs do not feel guilty
When dogs look ashamed after doing things in the living room, it’s mainly because of our perception of their appearance. In fact, scientists say they are not able to feel guilt. Dogs have actually learned to be docile, but that does not go beyond.
Dogs can be left- or right-pawed
Dogs, like many other mammals, have a dominant leg.
Dogs understand up to 250 words and gestures
Research has shown that dogs are as smart as a two-year-old and can perform simple mathematical calculations. Dogs quickly learn the name of new objects and understand gestures better than words.
Whiskers help dogs to see in the dark
Dog whiskers are filled with nerves and send sensory messages to their brains. Mustaches are multifunctional sensory tools that help them move and navigate in tight places, especially when visibility is low.
Dogs are not completely color blind
Dogs can not see the same colors as us, but they are not color-blind. Research has shown that dogs can see more than shades of gray. Their eyes are well adapted to the darkness as they were nocturnal hunters in the wild.
Dogs do not like hugs
Animal psychologists say that dogs can be stressed and unhappy when they are entwined because they can not run away. Dogs transmit their stress by licking their lips, looking away or bending their ears.
Dogs can feel your feelings
Dogs watch us all day and study each of our movements and gestures. And at one point in history, they learned to decode our body language: they observe and have learned to use their sense of smell to distinguish the signs of happiness and sadness.
Storms can hurt dogs
The sound frequencies produced during storms can actually hurt the ears of dogs. In addition, the static electricity that builds up in their fur due to the change in pressure can be painful to them. So, when dogs panic during storms, they can actually suffer.
Dogs can be jealous
Dogs become agitated when they see another dog being rewarded for something he has done. However, they do not seem to care if they get a treat for one ride, and the other dog gets it too without having to run a ride.
Small dogs live longer
A study found that big dogs die younger. A correlation was also found between age and aggression. The more docile dogs are, the more likely they are to live a long time.
Dogs can help their owners live longer
According to a recent Swedish medical study, dog owners were associated with lower levels of cardiovascular disease and death.
30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear
The UFAW federation declares that on average, around 30% of Dalmatians are deaf in one ear and 5% are deaf in both. This is due to something called the extreme gene for the magpie, which is responsible for their white coat and blue eyes (in some of them). Dalmatians with larger dark spots are less likely to be deaf.