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10 Fun Facts You May Not Know About Dogs!


Image: Courtesy of our FURiends @siufaandbobbi on Instagram

Dogs are wonderful companions and some of our favorite family members. We know that they are loyal, cute, and cuddly, but did you know these 10 awesome facts about pups?! Comment below with any other fun dog facts that you know!

Image: Courtesy of our FURiends @fitz_and_oliver on Instagram

  1. A dog’s nose prints are unique to a dog just like a human’s fingerprints and can be used to identify them.

  2. A dog’s sense of smell is thousands to millions of times better than a human (depending on the breed), with millions more scent receptors in their nose. A dog’s sense of smell is so strong they can sense things like seizures and blood sugar levels in humans!
    • Diabetes Alert Dogs are trained to alert their companion of high or low blood sugar which can help avoid hyper or hypoglycemic crisis. They can do this by smelling of the owners sweat or breath.
    • Certain dogs have been found to sense seizures up to 45 minutes before they occur. This is important because it gives the owner time to find a safe place to stay put or call someone.

    1. Dogs and humans both release the hormone oxytocin which is the “feel good” hormone which is why we can have such a strong bond with our pups!

    2. Dogs can learn more than 1,000 words. Major universities have programs researching this and studying dog psychology, including Duke University and Yale!

    3. Dogs can sense the earth’s magnetic field, when they go in circles before they go poop it is to align themselves with the north-south axis of the earth’s magnetic field.

    4. Dogs have 3 eyelids! They have a third lid in the corner which is used for removing mucus and dust that can build up in the cornea and it keeps it lubricated.

    5. Dogs can experience dreams like humans and have REM (Rapid Eye Movement) in their sleep.

    6. Dogs can see color and are not fully color blind.
      • They can see a spectrum of color, while some shades are harder for them to distinguish (like red and green) they can see blue and yellow quite clearly.

    7. In the U.S., about one million owners named their dogs as the primary beneficiaries in their will.

    8. Petting a dog can lower a human’s blood pressure. Another reason they make great service animals and every day companions!

     Leave a comment with any additional fun facts that you know about dogs or what your favorite fact was from the above list. We'd love to hear from you!

     

     

    References:
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