You spend so much time with your dog, and have such a close relationship, that you probably think you know them really well. But think again! Your dog is an amazing animal that has incredible physical and mental abilities that you have probably never even considered. Here are our top ten crazy canine facts that could change the way you see your dog forever.
Dogs can see in colour
You’ve probably been told that your dog can only see in black and white, but this is not strictly true. They have cones on their retina to detect the blue-yellow part of the spectrum, but they lack the cones for differentiating red from green. Worth considering when choosing their toys for use in dog obedience training.
Dogs see in slow motion
Ever wondered why your dog is so good at catching moving objects? It turns out that their eyes and brains process images up to 25% quicker than we do, making everything seem like it’s happening in slow motion, and making that flying ball so much easier to lock on to.
They don’t only wag their tail when they’re happy
Studies show that it is not the wagging of a tail that indicates mood, but the direction of the wag. Happy dogs will wag to the right, scared dogs will wag nervously to the left and insecure dogs will wag their tail with a much lower pattern.
Dogs can be left-handed
Dogs can be either left or right-handed, or ambidextrous, with numbers split roughly evenly between the three groups. Right pawed dogs tend to be calmer, while south-paws are often more aggressive and may need more intensive dog training classes from experts like A&T.
Dogs have the vocabulary of a two year old
Studies have shown that dogs have a vocabulary of between 175 and 250 words, which ranks them equal with a two or two-and-a-half-year-old human child. They have also been shown to understand basic maths and can count up to four or five. At A&T, we use this language ability in our dog training classes to teach basic obedience commands.
Small dogs dream more
We’ve all seen our dogs dreaming; running on the spot and whimpering at imagined squirrels. But one surprising study found that dream frequency varies with the size of the dog. Small dogs can dream several times per hour, while larger dogs may go an hour or more between dreams.
Dogs noses are unique
If you want to ‘fingerprint’ your dog, don’t use its paws, use its nose. It turns out that the pattern of creases and crevices, both natural and acquired, is unique to each dog.
Dogs understand crying
If you’ve ever felt that your dogs is empathetic and really worries about you, then it may not be just anthropomorphism, they may actually care. MRI scans have shown that dogs’ brains react in the same way to the sound of a human crying as they do to a fellow dog whimpering.
Dogs sweat through their paws
For all their activity, running around and playing, dogs only have a surprisingly small amount of sweat glands, and they are all located on their paws. That’s why they need to pant so much when they are feeling hot.
A shaking dog creates more G-force than an F1 car
It may be a pain when your wet dog shakes, especially if you are standing close by, but it is also remarkably effective. A shaking dog can expel 70% of the water in its coat, generating the G-force of an F1 car going around a tight turn.
At A&T Trained Dogs, we know just how amazing dogs are, and we’re here to help you get the most from all of their incredible abilities with dog training classes. Call us today to find out how to get the best out of your dog.