5 Things You Should Know About Your Dog

Here are some things You Should Know; As far as pets go, dogs are probably some of the most interesting pets that you can keep. In fact, there are always new and interesting things that you can learn about your dog that can make both yours and your dog’s life more enriching.

If you’re new to the whole pet game and are thinking of getting a dog as a pet, there are certain fundamentals that you need to be acquainted with to make sure that both you and your pet have a comfortable life together.

1. Your Dog Needs To Meet Strangers, Especially When Young

You might assume that introducing your dog to new people when he is still young will be overwhelming for him and stressful for you; however, this is an important part of your dog’s socialization process.

In fact, according to dog experts, a dog should meet about 100 new people in the first month of him being at your home. The more diverse these people are in terms of age, size, and look, the better it is for your dog’s socialization process.

Once you familiarize your pup with people of all sorts, he is less likely to be afraid of encountering strangers as he grows old.

Examples of people you should certainly make your dog meet include someone riding a bicycle, someone pulling a shopping cart, a person wearing sunglasses, etc.

2. Your Dog Doesn’t Only See in Black And White

This is one of those things that you’ll find in almost every list of “interesting facts.” And while it is interesting, it’s definitely not a fact. So, what’s the real story?

Human and animal eyes both comprise of nerve cells. These nerve cells can be further divided into ocular cones and ocular rods.

Rods can be further split into two categories: ocular rods and ocular cones. The rods detect light while the cones perceive and interpret the different wavelengths of this light as color.

While the human eyes contain far more ‘color-sensing’ cones and can, therefore, see the entire spectrum of colors, dogs tend to see only three categories of colors – yellow, blue, and bluish-violet.

If an object is in shades of green or red, the dog’s eyes will most likely perceive this as gray.

However, even though a dog’s eyes contain fewer cones than human eyes, their eyes have almost three times the rods that human eyes have. As a result, dogs tend to see far better in lower light as compared to humans.

3. Your Pup’s Nose Is Likely to Be Very Advanced

While it is common knowledge that a dog’s sense of smell is very strong, it is, in fact, even stronger than you could have ever imagined.

Humans have about 6 million olfactory receptors in their nose, as compared to the 300 million olfactory receptors present in a dog’s nose.

Also, the way a dog’s nose is structure is very convenient. Dogs have slits on the edges of their noses. As a result, they can inhale air through their nostrils and exhale through these slits. This allows them to constantly be able to process the scents around them.

Fascinatingly, dogs can even smell a different scent from each nostril. So acute is a dog’s sense of smell that they can even smell human pheromones. This way, they can tell whether a human is angry, frustrated, or even pregnant! What’s more, some dogs have a sense of smell that is so sharp that they can even tell if someone has cancer!

The wonders don’t stop here. A dog’s sense of smell is so sharp that they can even smell things that have already happened. For example, they can smell when a human has walked by a particular area or when a car has driven away, etc.

4. It Isn’t Normal for Your Pup to Have Smelly Breath

While it’s common to joke about someone having ‘dog breath,’ as a dog owner, you need to know that your pup always having bad breath isn’t actually normal.

In dogs, too, just as in humans, bad breath is the result of bacteria building up inside the mouth. Your pet having bad breath all the time or for an extended period of time means that you should take your pup to a vet as soon as possible.

The vet will check your dog’s teeth, lungs, and gut to identify the problem. Your dog may have a gum disease that is causing the bad breath. It could also be something wrong with his gut, in which case, you may need to change your dog’s diet.

Your vet might even professionally clean your pup’s teeth, and this might help get rid of the bad breath problem. Another thing you can do to get rid of this problem is to provide your dog with treats and toys that can improve his breath. Regular brushing is a great way to get rid of bad breath, too. Just make sure that the toothpaste you opt for is dog-friendly.

5. Your Dog Needs To Be Walked Regularly Even If Your Backyard Is Large

Some people assume that having a big backyard is enough for a dog to walk in and that this excuses you from taking your dog out for a proper walk. Dogs are, in general, energetic animals. They are used to roaming freely in the wild and running around. This is because dogs have a whole lot of natural energy.

If your pup is just lying around your home, most of this energy is not used. Simply running around your backyard isn’t enough to get rid of your pup’s excess energy. Walks have always been and will always be a great way to keep your dog in good shape.

Each time you take your dog for a walk, not only does he make use of his excess energy, but he also meets all sorts of new people and even new dogs along the way. As a result, walks are also very important for your dog’s socialization process.

These are 5 things you should know about your dog that are likely to make your life with your pet far better and more comfortable.

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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