5 Amazing Fun Facts about Dogs you should know

For many years, dogs have been considered to as “man’s-best-friend,” but do you know? there’s a lot more fun facts to our four-legged friends that makes them truly special.

There are many intriguing facts about your dog that you can learn to benefit both their and your lives, and knowing what makes your dog tick can be beneficial to their behaviour, and even personality. So here, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite dog facts so you can learn more about them.

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1. Dogs hearing and smell are both very sensitive

Did you know that in general dogs can hear much higher frequency levels than humans, but they can also hear much softer sounds than we can, allowing them to hear things that are much further away.

This is yet another characteristic that makes them excellent search and rescue dogs. While they will primarily use their nose to track, their hearing can also be very useful.

Here is another fact, Paul McCartney, the singer and composer for the Beatles, revealed in one of his interviews that he inserted a frequency that only dogs can hear to the end of the Beatles song “A Day in the Life.” So keep an eye on your dog when you’re listening to the tune! That’s a fascinating dog fact, isn’t it?

2. Did you know that Dogs sweat through their paws?

Merocrine glands, which are found in dog paw pads, are a type of sweat gland that dogs have. When they sweat though their paws and bacteria builds up, it produces a distinct odour. Dogs only sweat in their paws, therefore they pant to cool down instead.

So It’s especially important to clean your dog’s paws in the winter if they’ve been trotting through salt; dog paws are extremely sensitive to the elements. A muddy summer, on the other hand, is an excellent excuse to clean their paws. Cuts or abrasions on the paw pads can be hidden by dirty paws, making it difficult to determine when your dog requires vet attention.

3. Dogs have 3 eyelids

We Humans have two eyelids per eye, one on top and one on the bottom. But did you know your four-legged companion has three eyelids? The nictitating membrane, also known as the ‘haw,’ is the third eyelid of dogs. It is also found in birds, reptiles, and some mammals, and it is in charge of keeping the eye protected and lubricated.

You might not have realised this because we don’t normally see these eyelids in action.

4. Dogs are roughly as smart as a 2-year-old child.

Dogs are as smart as a two-year-old infant, so your toddler and your puppy are almost on par in terms of intelligence. So your four legged friend can count and understand over 150 words, and even trick people or other dogs to gain goodies, similar to a two-year-old in terms of intelligence and knowledge of humans.

Obviously dogs are considerably easier to teach than a two-year-old! Because they’re both intelligent and devoted animals, they’re utilised for a variety of vocations, from military roles to support dogs. Intelligence varies by breed in general.

5. Dogs only mate every six months.

On average unneutered female dogs only go into heat twice a year or every 6 months, so dog breeders need to plan carefully, although it varies from dog to dog. Large breeds may only experience a “heat” cycle every 12-18 months.

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