10 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Shelley Mamott, Staff Writer

10. Potty Training

All puppies have accidents during the night and are unable to control or ‘hold it in’ overnight until they are about four months old. Which, takes a lot less time than toilet training a baby.

9. Time Keeping

Dogs have an amazing internal clock. They know exactly when it’s time to go for a walk, to play, to eat and to go to bed. They know when it’s time for you to get up in the morning and when you are expected home from work, particularly if you keep to a regular schedule. You might want to considering using your dog as your morning alarm clock!

8. Grooming

Some dogs actually lick their paws and then clean their heads, just like cats. Nothing to worry about unless they start meowing of course.

7. Changing Spots

Dalmatian puppies are born with a plain white coat, and their first spots usually start to appear within a week after birth. After about a month the Dalmatian has most of its spots but they continue to develop throughout the Dalmatians life but at a much slower rate.

6. Playing Fetch

Apparently, fetch is not a dog’s very favorite game, they actually prefer a game called keep away. Keep away is a game you play with your dog where you try and take a toy or a ball away from them. It’s game you that you never ever have to teach them. They love it and can play this game all day long. Fetch is a game that needs to be taught.

5. Color Blind

Dogs are not actually completely colorblind. Not only do they see in shades of gray but they can also see distinct colors,  just not as well as we do. Many experts believe that dogs have fewer retinal cone cells and because of this, they are red-green colorblind. Dogs are dichromatic, which means they only see two primary colors – blue and yellow.

4. Sense of Smell

A dog’s sense of smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than a humans. While humans have about five million scent receptors in their noses, a bloodhound has up to three hundred million. He knows where you hid that bone!

3. Squishy Face

Dogs, with more squished faces such as pugs, boxers, and bulldogs tend to have more health problems. The structure of their faces makes them more prone to respiratory problems, dental problems, and other health issues.

2. Nose Prints

Both cats and dogs noses are unique, like human fingerprints. It’s becoming more common to take nose prints of dogs in case they’re ever lost or stolen. Hmmm, interesting.

1. Panting

Dogs only have sweat glands between the pads of their feet. They dissipate the majority of their heat by panting.

by Shelley Mamott

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6 thoughts on “10 Interesting Facts About Dogs

  1. Colby says:

    Thanks for the great list of facts. I always knew that puppies didn’t have full control of their bladders until they reached a certain age…I guess that age is around 4 months. Also, the one on time keeping is dead on for my Labrador Retriever and his meal times…although I think he sometimes jumps the gun to try and sneak an earlier meal.

  2. dog boarding Hamilton says:

    One may seem to believe that he/she already knows everything that needs to be learned about caring for dogs, but when you read facts like the ones stated above, you realize that there are still many things to learn about dogs! Thanks for the info!

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