10 Facts About Dogs That’ll Amaze You.
#1 – Dogs Can Be Left or Right Pawed.
There have been a few studies around this and it turns out that just like us, our four-legged friends have a preferred hand (well, paw) to lead with.
You can find out whether your pooch is left or right-pawed by giving them their favorite toy or interactive game and seeing which paw they use to help them first.
#2 – Dogs Use 18 Muscles To Move Their Ears.
Pet owners might notice that the ears of their tail-wagging buddy move around a lot.
And it’s no wonder since they have around 18 muscles responsible for moving them.
These muscles help them to change the direction of their ears slightly to hear noises around them better.
They also play a really big part in telling us how they’re feeling.
A lot of a dog’s body language is expressed through what their ears are doing so their ears are vital in helping them communicate both with us, as well as other animals.
#3 – Dogs Have The Same Intelligence Level as a 2-Year-Old Child.
Studies have shown that they can learn over 100 words and gestures.
Which equates to having the intelligence and understanding of a two-year-old human child.
But as any parent can attest, they’re far easier to train than a 2-year-old throwing a temper tantrum.
#4 – Dogs Can Sniff At The Same Time They Breath
Dogs rely a lot on their sense of smell to find food, potential dangers, and friends, so needless to say they sniff a lot.
Their noses are designed so smells can stay in their nose while air can move in and out of their lungs at the same time.
This means they can breathe freely and still work out what that smell is!
#5 – Can Sniff Out Medical Problems
Medical detection dogs are a thing.
Because their sense of smell is so great, some dogs can be trained to sniff out medical conditions.
They are used to diagnose a particular condition or to alert their owners if they need more medication.
One of these incredible dogs is Medical Detection Dog Pal (pictured above), who was awarded the PDSA Order of Merit.
Pal played a vital role in diabetic owner Claire’s life by alerting her of changes in her blood sugar. If not caught in time, these changes could have killed her.
#6 – Dogs Have Super Sniffers
The area of cells in the brain that detect different smells is around 40 times larger in hounds than in humans.
This means Fido can pick up on way more smells than we ever could.
This is why dogs are often used to sniff out people, drugs, and even money!
#7 – Dogs Have Super Hearing
We all know they can hear much higher frequencies than us. But did you know they can also hear further?
It’s true! Dog’s can hear much softer sounds so they hear things that are much further away.
This is why, along with their sense of smell, they make great search and rescue animals.
While they will mainly use their nose for tracking, their hearing can also be a real help.
Canines like ‘K9 Killer’ who helps track down Rhino poachers are excellent at tracking because they use both smell and hearing.
K9 Killer (pictured above) is a Belgian Malinois that works with the Kruger National Park‘s Special Operations team to prevent rhinoceros poachers in South Africa.
On 6 January 2016, he was awarded a PDSA Gold Medal for his anti-poaching work.
#8 – They Don’t Sweat
The only place they do sweat like humans is on their paws, but that area isn’t large enough to cool them.
So instead, our precious pooches pant to cool down.
That’s why it’s so important owners provide their animals with access to plenty of clean drinking water to help keep them stay cool on those warm summer days.
#9 – Some Dogs Can Run as Fast as a Cheetah.
The fastest canine by far is the Greyhound. Those little speed demons can reach a top speed of 45mph within seconds of starting to run
But considering we ranked the Cheetah #1 on our Top 10 Fastest Animals (On Land) list.
How can we claim they can run as fast as a Cheetah?
While it’s true a cheetah can reach speeds of up to 70mph. They can only maintain that speed for around 30 seconds.
Greyhounds, on the other hand, could easily run at speeds in excess of 35mph for seven miles.
So despite the cheetah’s head start, a greyhound would easily overtake them in a distance race.
#10 – They’re Incredible Swimmers
Not all of our doggie paddling pals like water, but the ones that do tend to be pretty good swimmers.
Newfoundlands are so good in the water that for years they’ve been used as water rescue dogs.
In 2016, a brave Newfoundland called Whizz was awarded the PDSA Order of Merit for saving nine people from the sea over his career as a water rescue dog.