Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? What would she say if she could talk? Owning a dog is wonderful, but it’s pretty annoying that your best friend cannot talk to you. Without knowing it, dogs demonstrate their character traits that are different from human ones, in addition to obvious ones, such as licking oneself.
Anyone who has ever had a dog can tell you that the relationship between the dog and the owner is special, incomparable. There is a reason why dogs are called man’s best friends — the connection between man and dog is beautiful and incomprehensible. Your dog can feel your mood, in sadness and joy your furry friend will always be with you.
Best friends know everything about each other. While your dog knows everything about you, you don’t know much about it. Many myths are surrounding what dogs see, what they feel and who they are. Even though all dogs are different, the following ten points will tell you what your dog wanted to tell you all these years.
Dogs are the best pets you can wish for and they are also the best companions. If you love your dog, be sure to read this article, as it will help you get closer to your best friend and find out interesting facts about him.
10. They can smell and feel the storm approach
Have you ever noticed how your dog behaves strangely for no reason, and then a thunderstorm started a few hours later? This is because dogs feel the weather change before humans can sense it. Thanks to their excellent hearing, dogs can hear higher and lower frequencies. They hear the rumble of thunder that a person’s ear cannot catch. Dogs not only hear better than humans, but they also have a keener sense of smell. The dog’s nose is so sensitive that it can detect odors much faster than the human nose. Dogs are generally more sensitive to changes in atmospheric pressure. Next time, when you notice that your dog is behaving strangely, close the windows, because soon there will be a thunderstorm on the street!
9. They are born blind, deaf and toothless.
Puppies are born completely helpless. They are blind, deaf, toothless and simply charming. In the first week of their lives, puppies spend 90 percent of their time in sleep, and the remaining 10 eating. Unable to walk, the puppies begin their life crawling. Their eyes closed at birth open when they are about two weeks old. Opening their eyes, they begin to explore the world. Puppy ears also begin to function in about two weeks. By three weeks they already hear well. A puppy depends on its mother for the first few weeks of its life. They rely on their mother in terms of food, comfort and basic rules of behavior. That is why when you get a puppy, you need to wait a certain period after his birth so that he is ready for you to take him home.
8. Fingerprints of dog noses are equivalent to fingerprints of people
Just as fingerprints can be used to establish a person’s identity, a dog’s personality can be identified by fingerprints. The dog’s nose print is as unique as our fingerprints. If you look closely at the dog’s nose, you can see the lines forming the patterns, just like on our fingerprints. Before this, a common way of identifying a dog was to take the prints of its paws, but this method went into oblivion since it is not as accurate as of the print of their nose. All animal breeders and trainers are required to have their dogs’ nose prints in case their identification or insurance is ever required.
7. Males raise their hind legs as a gesture of dominance
It is not at all surprising that dogs want to demonstrate their dominance. Many people know that dogs mark new places with urine, marking their territory. Raising the hind leg for urination allows the dog to leave his urine higher off the ground than usual. This will allow the smell to stay in this place longer, as some dogs will not be able to reach the same level, also, it removes the marks left by other males. Dogs leave their smell on things in layers. The smell of the most dominant dog remains at the highest level, while less dominant males can leave their smell only below the level. The smaller the male, the less its dominance in the label chain.
6. The center of the dog’s brain, responsible for the scent, is 40 times larger than ours
The dog relies on its sense of smell to interpret the world around it, just as people rely on vision. Although it’s hard to imagine, your dog interprets as much information per day as you. When you see a dog sniffing something, this is equivalent to how a person looks around his surroundings. Dogs do this to understand and get acquainted with the environment, so she sniffs everything at home less than when she is taken to a new and unfamiliar place. The dog’s brain is set to detect odors. The percentage of a dog’s brain that is engaged in odor analysis is 40 times that of a human!
5. Dogs dream just like humans
Any person who ever had a dog noticed how it twitches and squints in a dream. Dogs have dreams and their dreams are very similar to ours. The size of the dog can also determine the duration of its sleep. Larger types of dogs dream only once every 45-60 minutes, but the duration of their dreams is 5-10 minutes. Small breeds dream every 10 minutes, but their dreams last only a minute. Puppies and older dogs dream more often than middle-aged dogs. The amount of sleep a dog needs to rest depends on its activity during the day. Despite spending most of their time in sleep, dogs are easier to wake than people. Dogs can have a variety of dreams, including good and bad ones. If your dog has a nightmare, do not panic. When they wake up, they may feel disoriented, but soon realize that what they dreamed was a dream.
4. Tail wagging also has its tongue.
People often have the misconception that wagging their tail means that the dog is happy or is looking forward to something. Even though wagging the tail does mean these things, it can also be a signal that the dog is scared or feeling insecure. Like any other language, tail wagging has its grammar and vocabulary that needs to be understood. When a dog wags its tail, you need to pay attention to many details: in which direction it wags its tail, in what position the tail is and at what speed it wags it. When your dog wags its tail, you have something to think about, so pay more attention to it, since wagging its tail is a way of communication for the dog.
3. Dogs do not sweat the way we do
Dogs sweat, but they sweat in places other than us. Dogs mainly sweat through the pads of their paws. Their skin and axilla do not contain sweat glands, as in humans. Dogs get rid of excess heat through rapid breathing, so many believe that they sweat through their mouths, but this is not so. Dogs sweat during physical activity, just like humans. However, some dogs need more attention to this matter than others. For example, the breathing of bulldogs and pugs is very difficult. Dogs of this breed are at a higher risk of overheating because they have difficulty breathing. Since dogs do not have as many sweat glands as humans do, they cannot sweat like us. Nevertheless, it is very important to choose the right physical activity for your dog so that she breathes correctly.
2. Body language is much more effective than words
Many of us talk to our dogs as if they were humans. This is a very widespread phenomenon. Some find it a little strange that dog owners talk to them like they would with their children. As people, we love to talk, so we talk with our pets, who, unfortunately, for the most part, do not understand what we are saying. Even though they understand individual words, such as “cookies,” “walk,” or “sit,” it is difficult for them to understand the fullness of verbal communication. Dogs notice your body language much better than they understand what you tell them. Telling a dog to stay in place, leaning forward to meet her is a guarantee that she will understand you better.
1. Dogs need order and rules
Dogs are like children: they need order and rules. Dogs need to know who the leader of the pack is and if you do not assume this role, your dog will never listen to you. As we mentioned earlier, dogs are like children, without order and rules they run wild and this is not good at all. Sometimes it’s very difficult to scream at your little furry friend, but they need discipline. If you are trying to train your dog, remember that you must not make any exceptions.