Everyone knows that dogs are pretty amazing animals. But there are some things about dogs you may not know that are as amazing as the things you do know about dogs. Here are a few.
Dogs are as smart as a toddler.
Dogs have the intelligence of your average two-year-old. And they understand about the same number of words and gestures as a toddler, about 250.
Dogs also are aware of time. They know when it’s time to go for a walk or eat. Your pets can get a sense of your routine they know how much time has passed. They know how long you have been away as well, and they miss you.
Dogs’ senses are much more acute than humans.
You probably knew that, but did you know how much stronger they are? Your dog can smell 10,000 times to a whopping 10 million times better than you. Different breeds of dog have anywhere from 125 million to 300 million scent glands. Humans have only a measly five million. The part of a dog’s brain that responds to the sense of smell is 40 times larger than in a human.
Dogs can also hear four times better than you can. And you probably know they can hear higher pitched sounds as well. Dogs have a hearing range of 67 to 45,000 hertz, while for humans the range is only 64 to 23,000.
Dogs can smell human feelings.
With a sense of smell so much more developed than ours, is this really a surprise? Your dog can smell changes in your scent, which can help him determine how you are feeling. For example, if you are nervous or anxious, your dog can smell your sweat. It is this amazing sense of smell that also enables dogs to actually smell if a human has a disease or if a woman is pregnant.
Your dog wants to make you happy.
Dogs bond to humans the way a child does to its parents, and just like a child, dogs want to please their owners. Research has shown that dogs can actually get jealous if their owners are paying more attention to another animal than to them. They get their sense of well-being from humans.
Dogs will also try to comfort people who are upset. They recognize human tears and what that means.
Your dog wants to make you happy and we now how much you want to make him happy. That’s why we’ve created a boarding kennel that is something akin to taking a vacation for your dog when he’s a guest with us. To learn more about Barney’s Ranch, or to make an appointment to visit, give us a call at 469-450-7040 or send us an e-mail to info@BarneysRanch.com.