Dogs are amazing animals. They are wonderful companions, always full of energy and affection. If you own a dog, you have probably learned a lot about how to care for them. But there are some things about dogs you may not be aware of, some little known characteristics and behaviors the cause of which are not generally common knowledge. Some of these behaviors are quirky, others may be signs of a problem.
Here are some lesser known facts about man’s best friend.
- Chasing his tail could be a warning sign.
Actually, dogs chase their tails for a number of different reasons – to get some exercise, from the instinct to hunt, feeling uncomfortable, or a flea problem. But if this is something your dog does regularly, you should take him or her to the vet to find out what is going on.
- Dogs dream.
You may see your dog barking or moving his feet while sleeping. There is no reason to be alarmed at this because it is a sign that your dog is dreaming. Dogs go through sleep phases that are similar to humans. They experience slow wave sleep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
- They can see in the dark.
Dogs can see in the dark because they have what is called the tapetum lucidum. This is a natural reflector system in the eye that some other vertebrates also have. It is a layer of tissue that lies just behind the retina, and it reflects light back through the retina. This increases the light that is available to the photoreceptor cells in the retina, enabling the dogs to see even at low levels of light.
- If your dog is agitated or restless, it could mean rain.
Now, this has never been scientifically verified. But many dog owners believe it to be true, that dogs have a sense of when rain is coming.
- Dogs sweat differently than humans.
The only place that dogs sweat is on their foot pads. So, if you see sweat on a dog’s pads, you know he probably is hot and should be moved to a cooler location.
However, the primary way that dogs release body heat is through panting.
- A dog’s wet nose helps him smell better.
The wetness on a dog’s nose is actually a kind of mucus that captures scents, which the dog then licks to determine what it is.
- Dogs have a great sense of smell.
You probably already knew this, but did you know how much better than humans it is? Dogs can smell 10,000 to 100,000 times better than humans.
You already know how much your dog loves to run and play, especially with other dogs. Bring him here to Barney’s Ranch when you go out of town and he’ll be able to enjoy lots of time running around our 4,000-square-foot dog run with other of our four-legged guests!
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