dog facts you probably didn't know

10 Dog Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

There is a lot to learn about our furry companions. While some myths are not true, there are plenty of facts you probably have never heard.

1. Dogs can feel jealous

Studies have shown that dogs are able to feel genuinely jealous when you pet another animal.

For some dogs that could turn into aggression and it is not an easy to handle behavior.

2. Dogs have a sense of time

Ever wondered why your pup is getting more nervous over time the longer you are away from home. That is because they actually have a feeling of time so they can understand that four hours are longer than one hour.

If you have a solid routine your dog follows, he can easily recognize differences in walk or feeding time.

3. Some dogs actually hate rain

Many dog owners, like myself, have the problem to even get your dog outside for a quick pee when it’s raining.

That’s not because they don’t want to get wet but because the sound of the raindrops hitting the ground actually hurts their ears. That’s why an umbrella will make it even worse because the amplified sound is so much louder to them.

4. Your dog is as smart as your toddler

Dogs intelligence can be compared to the brainpower of a 2 year old toddler. They both can learn roughly 250 words and gestures. That’s why they usually get along so well.

But never leave your child unsupervised with any dog.

5. Dog sitting/laying on your feet

This is mostly a gentle gesture of affection.

Sitting on your feed means that your dog claims you as his own according to experts. It is some kind of territory behavior that is deeply rooted and shouldn’t bother you too much. It is no sign of dominance.

6. Dogs can read emotions

Dogs can recognize different emotions through facial expressions and vocal sounds. They can categorize positive and negative emotions, an ability that is normally only shown in primates which makes dogs a highly social species.

They also have the ability to smell feelings through subtle changes in your scent.

7. Dogs have low-light vision

If you ever took a picture from your dog with a flashlight in a dark room, you will notice that his eyes are “reflecting” the light.

That effect is caused by tapetum with a mirror-like structure in front of the retain. It enables the dog to see better in darkness than humans although their night vision is not as good as most nocturnal animals.

8. You are a parent to your dog

Scientists found out that dogs interact with their owners in the same way a baby would with their parents.

If scared or worried, a dog runs up to their caregivers unlike a cat or a horse would.

Dogs are the only animals, besides primates, that look humans in the eyes. They do not seek eye contact with their biological parents but with people.

9. Your dog loves to smell you

Believe it or not but dogs actually love the smell of humans more than anything else.

If a dog picks up the scent of their owner it connects with the “reward center” of their brains, called the caudate nucleus.

Sometimes your dog will try to roll around in your clothes to pick up the scent and take it with him.

10. How dogs sweat

Most people believe that dogs sweat through salivating.

But unlike humans, dogs actually only sweat through their paw pads and nose because that is where they have sweat glands. Dogs mostly get rid of heat by panting.

What are some interesting dog facts you heard about? Let me know in the comments down below.

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