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10 Amazing Facts About Dogs

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Do you know any amazing facts about dogs?

Well,

The answer to that question is that dogs are wonderful companions and can turn out to be great pets. If you want to have a good pet,

Then

You must be ready to learn a lot more about this amazing creature.

Some of the amazing dog and puppy facts include the sense of smell, the characteristics of dogs, and the health problems that are common in dogs.

Here are some amazing facts about dogs that you should know.


1. Their sense of smell can be 40 times more than ours.

Dogs have a 40-fold greater brain area that can detect different smells than humans. Your dog is able to pick up more smells than us. Dogs are often trained to detect drugs, people, and even money.

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Several of our hero hounds received PDSA medals because of their noses. Buster, an arms and explosives search dog, was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal for his extraordinary service in Iraq in 2003. He found a lot of weapons and explosives that were linked to extremist groups and saved many lives.

2. Some people have such good senses that they can spot medical issues

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Yes, medical detection dogs exist. Some dogs can be trained to detect medical conditions because of their keen sense of smell. They can be used to detect a specific condition and alert owners if they require more medication. They can even be trained to detect Covid-19.

Medical Detection Dog Pal, pictured above, was one of these amazing dogs and was awarded the PDSA order of merit. Pal alerted Claire of any changes in her sugar levels and played an important role in Claire’s diabetes recovery. These changes could have caused Claire’s death if not detected in time.

3. Dogs can smell and breathe simultaneously

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Dogs depend heavily on their senses of smell to find food and potential dangers. Dog’s noses are made so that scents can remain in their noses while air can flow in and out of the lungs simultaneously. This allows them to breathe freely and still figure out what it is.

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4. Some dogs can swim amazing distances

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Dogs don’t all like water. However, the ones that do are more likely to enjoy swimming (but they may not be all so keep your dog safe).

Newfoundlands are excellent swimmers and have been used for many years as rescue dogs. Whizz, a Newfoundland rescue dog, was honored with the PDSA Order of Merit in 2016. He saved nine lives over his years as a water rescue dog.

5. They are quick and can even beat a cheetah!

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Dogs can easily outrun humans – their nature is to chase and run! The fastest breed of dog by far, though, is the Greyhound. These fast sighthounds can run at 45mph in just seconds.

“But how does that beat a cheetah?” you may ask. Although a cheetah is capable of running at speeds up to 70 mph, it can only run for 30 seconds. Greyhounds on the other side could run for over 35 mph for seven miles. They’d quickly catch up to the cheetah, despite their head start!

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6. Dogs don’t sweat like we do

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Dogs do sweat but don’t expect to see them getting wet armpits anytime soon. They produce a pheromone-laden oily substance to replace the water that humans sweat. This is because dogs have a greater sense of smell than humans. Dogs don’t sweat as much as us, but instead, they pant to cool off. This is why it’s so important to keep your dog cool on those warmer days to make it easier on them.

7. You can have your dog left- or right-pawed.

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A few studies have shown that dogs prefer a particular hand (or paw) to lead. To find out if your dog is left- or right-pawed, give them a favorite toy or interactive game. Then see which paw they use first.

8. Their hearing is extremely sensitive, as well as their noses.

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Dogs can hear higher frequencies than humans, but did you also know that they can hear farther? Dogs can generally hear softer sounds than humans, so they can hear things farther away.

Another trait that makes them excellent search and rescue dogs is their ability to locate people. Although they will use their nose to track, their hearing can be very helpful as they get closer and closer to what they are searching for. K9 Killer, a PDSA Gold Medal winner for his efforts in tracking down Rhino poachers was pictured above.

9. 18 muscles control dogs’ ears

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You might notice that your dog’s ears move a lot if they are a pet. There are 18 muscles that move their ears. These muscles allow them to move their ears in a way that allows them to better hear the sounds around them. They also help us to understand how our dogs feel. Dogs’ body language can be expressed through their ears. This is why it’s so important for them to communicate with us.

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10. Dogs are as intelligent as two-year-olds.

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Dogs can learn more than 100 words and gestures from their owners, according to studies. This puts them on par with two-year-olds in intelligence and understanding. Dogs are easier to train than two-year-olds. Because they are intelligent and loyal, dogs can be used in all kinds of roles, including military roles or assistance dogs. Here are some tips and tricks from a qualified behaviorist to help you start training your dog.


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