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Man’s best friend is about to get a whole lot better after you read these amazing facts about them. They’re smarter than kids, their sense of smell is light-years stronger than ours, and, they even dream – just like us! So if you’d like to get to know your favorite canine better but could never ask him because, well, dogs don’t talk – keep reading to find out some amazing must-know doggy facts.
Dogs Are Smarter Than Kids
This should be obvious. Heck, a dog could find its way home from a town away if he had to. Let’s see your kid do that! But as the science shows, a dog is actually only smarter than a two year old, as it has the ability to learn up to 250 different words, count up to 5, and even perform simple math equations that a two-year-old could never manage to do.
Dogs Aren’t Colorblind
Not sure how this rumor got started, but dogs are not colorblind. They, just like us, see a broad spectrum of colors. It’s just that the more prominent ones for them are colors such as yellow, blue, violet, black, white, and varying shades of grey. So if you’d like to make your place more colorful for your canine friend, consider using those colors when decorating.
Dogs Smell 100,000 Times Better
Did you know that the average human has around 5 million scent receptors in his or her nose? In a dog’s nose, 225 million! That means a dog’s sense of smell is 100,000 times stronger than ours. Something to consider the next time you fart around them, thinking it’s funny.
Their Nose Is Their Fingerprint
Just like our fingers, a dog’s nose is unique to them. The ridges, creases, and swirls that make up the patterns on their nose are like a fingerprint for us – with no two being exactly the same.
Anyone that’s ever owned a dog has observed that it whimpers and shakes sometimes when it sleeps. That’s because just like humans, dogs dream too.
Don’t Shave Your Husky!
A Husky, native to Alaska, is one of the most beautiful dogs you can own. And many who buy one in warm climates believe that the humane thing to do is shave them to keep them cool. But Huskies have a unique coat that regulates their temperature in both cold, and hot temperatures. So when you shave them, you actually prevent them from regulating their body temperature.
Storms Are Actually Painful
Just like smell, dogs have a sense of hearing that far surpasses ours. So when it starts to thunder and lightning outside and you see your dog run for cover under the bed, she’s not being a wimp – she’s actually in pain from the loud sounds.
Why They Circle Their Bed
You might have noticed your dog will circle its bed before lying in it. This instinctual habit comes from before they were domesticated, back when they were wild, as they’d do this to flatten the long grass before lying in it to take a rest.
Service Dogs Know Their Work
Did you know that service dogs know when they’re working, and when they’re off duty. Simply by putting their harness on them, they know when it’s time to get down to business, and when it comes off, to relax and go back to being a dog.
Don’t Hug Them
When we hug our dogs, we do it out of love. But our dogs don’t see it as such. They see it as a sign of dominance. And when we dominate them, we make them feel uncomfortable. So a treat, not a hug, is a much more appreciated reward to our furry best friends.