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There is a lot more to our furry friends than you may realise. Dogs have abilities which pet owners don't always recognize, and can be trained more easily too when understood better by their human companions.

Photo credit, Boccaccio1

We think we know dogs very well, after-all, we call them mans best friend and spend a great deal of time with them. However there are some truly interesting and amazing facts about dogs you probably don’t know.

Vision

Dogs are often presumed to be color blind, but this just isn’t true. They don’t see as clearly as humans do during the day, as their eyes are better designed for seeing best at dusk. Behind their retina they have a light reflecting layer, which means they can see far better than humans can as the sun starts to go down and our own vision becomes poor.

Cooling system

It’s a myth that dogs don’t sweat when they are hot. Naturally they don’t sweat through the skin on their body, as they are covered in fur. Instead they sweat from glands between the pads of their paws. They also pant when they are hot.

Lifespan

City dogs can live up to three years longer than country dogs, which may seem odd as you may imagine they’d be fitter and healthier breathing in the pure countryside air and getting plenty of exercise, but apparently not.

By the time a dog reaches its first birthday it’s roughly as physically, but not mentally, mature as a fifteen year old human. Different breeds of dogs live longer than others, often because of their weight and size.

Obesity

Like humans, dogs can suffer from obesity and it’s a real health threat to them. Without human intervention, in the form of feeding them too many treats and fatty foods, dogs probably wouldn’t get overweight. So, as per usual, it’s people who are the real problem rather than the natural diet of dogs.

Sleep

Puppies, like many teens, sleep for about ninety percent of the day! Later on you may think that they sleep a lot less, but if you add up all those dog naps they have and little snoozes here and there they are getting about fourteen hours of kip still.

Hearing

If your dog doesn’t seem to hear you when you call them or respond when you want them too, unless they have a specific problem they are having you on. Dogs can hear about ten times better than we can! They just don’t always want to. It’s called, selective hearing and some people have that too.

Hierarchy

Dogs naturally desire to be in a pack. When they live with humans, their owners become their family, and are considered to be their pack, just like they’d have in the wild. They work within a system of hierarchy, whereby they have a pack leader. Make sure it’s you if you have a dog and they will be better behaved.

The way to become pack leader isn’t by forceful shouting or chastisement however. Instead show dominant signs, such as eating first, and not allowing your dog to sit on the furniture or lay on your bed. They’ll soon get the message that you’re the boss.

Dogs are more interesting than you may have realized. Their lack of great vision in the day may have come as a surprise, and the fact that they can make out colors and hear especially well when healthy. By learning more about dogs you can better understand your furry friends.

Photo credit, Dog, by Boccaccio1

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