10 Little-Known Facts About Dogs

Introduction

If you’ve ever seen a dog, you probably know that they’re some of the sweetest creatures on earth. But did you know that there’s so much more to these furry friends than meets the eye? We’ve gathered together 10 facts about dogs that might surprise even the most seasoned pet owner.

Dogs have wet noses to help them gather scents.

Dogs have wet noses to help them gather scents.

While humans use their sense of smell to detect things that are close by, dogs use this ability to hunt and find food. They can also detect illnesses in other animals, which is why they need to be trained not to eat the dead body of a dead animal (e.g., a bird). Still, it’s important for your dog or cat’s health that you keep all animal remains away from him—even if it means putting up with his sniffing habit!

Dogs have three eyelids.

You may have noticed that dogs have three eyelids. The third eyelid is called a nictitating membrane and is a thin, clear membrane that sweeps across the eye to help keep it moist and protected. You can see it when your dog’s eyes are open or closed (depending on whether they’re looking away from you or at you). It’s visible in dogs with light-coloured eyes—like most cats and rabbits—as well as those whose coats are dark grey/brown or blackish/tawny hues like those of wolves and coyotes.

The average dog can run about 19 mph.

Dogs can run fast. They’re able to reach speeds of up to 30 mph, and they do it in a variety of ways: on four legs, or two legs. In fact, dogs have been observed sprinting across open spaces for miles at a time (some even going into space). Some dogs also drag their front paws behind them as they go forward—a unique style that’s useful for hunting prey or escaping from predators!

Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can do simple math problems.

Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can do simple math problems.

Dogs also have an amazing ability to learn new tricks by watching humans. For example, if you teach your dog a command such as “sit,” and then say “paw” as soon as he sits down, he will do it again because you’ve taught him that word means something specific: “I want you to sit down.”

Most dogs like to roll in fox poop because it has a strong odor that’s used to mark territory.

Most dogs like to roll in fox poop because it has a strong odor that’s used to mark territory. The smell of fox poop is also used as a marker for the dog’s territory, so other dogs know they’ve been there.

Foxes are one of the only animals that leave their scent on objects and surfaces when they urinate or defecate (and they certainly make an impression!). So if your pup catches wind of something new in his area—whether it’s a fresh pile of manure left by another canine friend or some leafy greens growing right under his nose—he’ll be able to tell you about it without having any idea what he saw until after he checks out the evidence himself.

Dogs are capable of facial recognition and remember hundreds of people throughout their lives.

One of the more interesting facts about dogs is that they’re capable of facial recognition and remember hundreds of people throughout their lives. Dogs have a sense of smell that is 10,000 times more sensitive than humans, which means they can detect differences in scent between those around them.

When it comes to recognizing faces, dogs rely on their brain’s ability to process different kinds of information (such as facial expression) rather than relying on sight alone. This makes sense when you consider that dogs have been domesticated for centuries; they’ve lived with us since before we were even Homo sapiens!

Female dogs carry their puppies for around 63 days before they’re born.

If you’re the proud owner of a dog, you probably know that their gestation period is about 63 days. That’s pretty standard for most animals and humans, too. But did you know that female dogs carry their puppies for around 63 days before they’re born?

This is true! Female dogs usually give birth to puppies between 58 and 62 days after conception, which means that your pup was likely conceived sometime between April 4th and May 12th (for reference).

The first thing that happens when a litter arrives is that all of the pups are born with their eyes closed, ears folded over like little angel wings and fully furred—just as newborn human babies are! They also have full teeth by this point as well as being able to hear sounds from outside their mothers’ bodies (like crying).

Some dogs can smell approaching earthquakes and sense tornadoes before humans.

If you’re thinking about getting a dog, but aren’t sure if you can handle all of the responsibility that comes with having one around the house (and in your life), this is a good reason to reconsider. Dogs have been known to sniff out earthquakes before humans do. In fact, some dogs can sense earthquakes even before they happen!

Studies have shown that some breeds are more sensitive than others when it comes to detecting earthquakes and tornadoes. German shepherds, border collies and golden retrievers were found to be particularly talented at this task—but any breed could be trained by their owners through positive reinforcement techniques like praise or food treats when they perform well during testing sessions at home or work environments where there might be danger lurking nearby…

Dogs have been working with humans for over 18,000 years, since the domestication of the wolf.

They’ve been used as hunting companions and guard dogs, herding dogs and even drug-sniffers. The first domesticated dogs were probably wolves or wolf-like creatures that lived in packs with other animals. These early canines were used to hunt prey as well as guard against predators like coyotes or bears. It’s thought that they were used by early humans around 18,000 years ago when they began farming crops such as wheat and barley which required more work than hunting did alone could provide them with enough food for their families living off-grid away from civilization centers like Jericho (Jericho: An Archaeological Quest).

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are the only dogs that have Swiss citizenship; they work closely with Swiss farmers herding cows in the Alps.

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs are the only dogs that have Swiss citizenship; they work closely with Swiss farmers herding cows in the Alps.

Entlebucher Mountain Dogs were originally bred to herd cattle, but their talents as a sheepdog were also discovered. The breed has been known for its intelligence and loyalty, making it a great companion for any family who wants an active dog with personality.

There’s so much more to dogs than most of us even know!

There’s so much more to dogs than most of us even know!

Dogs are amazing creatures, and they’ve evolved to be great companions for humans. They’re also incredibly unique in their own way: they’re the only animals that can truly understand human language, as well as how to read our emotions. These traits make them wonderful companions—but there are still many things we don’t know about our canine friends yet! Here are some facts about dogs that may surprise you:

Conclusion

Dogs are wonderful creatures and they deserve more than just being your pet. They’re always there for you, which makes them a great friend to have in your life!

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