Interesting Facts About Dogs You Probably Didn’t Know

It’s common to think of your pup as your all-time best friend. But it’s also common to think of a pet as just a pet. Dogs specifically have a number of amazing qualities that you most likely did not know as a pet owner but are likely to leave you spell-bound!

Here are 8 interesting facts about dogs that you most likely did not know but are sure to be impressed by.

1. A Dog Can Quite Literally Make You Feel Loved

You love it when your pup comes close to you and snuggles up next to you. It’s an incredible feeling, isn’t it? You feel warm and loved. That’s not just something you feel. Your body is literally releasing a substance that makes you feel better.

When you look straight into your pup’s eyes for a few seconds straight, it will release the hormone Oxycontin – the hormone of love – in your body.

This release of Oxycontin directly coincides with the feeling of warmth and love in the body. This can lead to the release of stress, making you feel better almost immediately.

2. Your Pup Can Pick Up On How You Feel

Dogs are amazing creatures.  So amazing in fact that they can pick up on how you feel. In fact, their sense of smell is about a hundred thousand times stronger than your own.

Let’s say you are fearful or anxious. You will most likely sweat if you are, and your pup will certainly be able to pick up on this because of his sharp sense of smell. You may have noticed that your pup responds accordingly, each time he suspects you are sad. For example, if you are sad, you may notice that your pup might be willing to offer extra cuddles and snuggles.

This is all because of their sharp sense of smell combined with their acute perception.

3. Dogs can even detect cancer and other such diseases

Dogs can not only detect your feelings, but because of their sharp senses and perception, they can even detect diseases such as cancer and other such diseases.

In fact, dogs are equipped to smelling and detecting cancer cells even just by smelling someone’s breath. So what it took modern technology years to come to terms with, dogs have been able to do easily for years!

It’s almost as if this were one of nature’s miracles to equip dogs with these wondrous abilities that even modern science can’t compete with.

4. Your Clothes Can Help Reduce Your Pup’s Anxiety

Separation anxiety is common in dogs. In fact, if you have been a dog owner for a while now, you may have noticed that your pup seems to get excessively uneasy each time you leave the house.

There are ways in which you can help, of course. The easiest is just leaving a piece of your clothing with your pup each time you leave the house!

Your pup’s sharp sense of smell will allow him to take up your scent from the piece of cloth, and this smell will be enough to comfort him in the hours that you have to be outside running errands or even just meeting friends!

5. Your Pup’s Survival Instincts Are Strong

You might have sometimes wondered why your pup always rolls into a ball each time he wishes to sleep. The real reason behind this is that your pup is applying the age-old survival tactic of curling up into a ball to stay warm and protected from all enemies.

Sleep time is the one time your pup needs to feel completely warm and completely safe in order to feel at peace, so this is how they comfort themselves.

6.  Therapy Dogs Are Incredibly Effective Companions

As people are slowly and gradually realizing the necessity of therapy, therapy dogs are becoming more and more popular.

Because it has scientifically and biologically been proven that dogs can help uplift your mood and make you less depressed, so dogs are now part of nursing homes, schools, etc. with the motivation of providing therapy to those who need it.

In fact, many schools and colleges now have special ‘bring your dog to school’ days just to spread happiness and help out those who might not be in a great mental place.

7. Your Dog’s Intelligence Level Matches That of a 2-Year-Old Human Child

In spite of your pup being extremely perceptive and having even the ability to sniff out cancer-causing cells, in terms of intelligence, your pup is about as bright as an average 2-year old human child.

You might have wondered why children that age seem to get along so well with dogs. Well, there you have it. It’s because, for the most part, their intellectual capacities are the same.

8.  Dogs Are Jealous Beings

Jokes aside, you will most likely notice that your pup never likes it when you show affection for or attention towards some other creature in their presence.

That’s right; you didn’t imagine it. Dogs are known to be jealous creatures, especially when it comes to their owners.

They really don’t like it when their owner shows affection for some other dog or cat or any other creature in their presence. So be more careful next time!

These interesting facts about dogs were sure to feed your sense of entertainment and curiosity, and you now know your household pup is far more interesting than you could have imagined!

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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