Dogs: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)



Mark Ashkenazi
Mark Ashkenazi

We brought you part one of this article to help you better understand your pets. Now we’re back with part two of 15 things you didn’t know about dogs.

Number Eight: Dogs Have the Gift of Foresight

Many pet owners have noticed their dogs acting strangely soon before an earthquake or storm. There have even been reports of them being able to sense cancer in humans. Perhaps dogs are a lot smarter than we give them credit for.

Number Seven: Dogs Possess Sweat Glands, But Just in Their Paws

Instead of releasing heat through pores in their skin, the way humans do, they have the implements for this in their feet. Even so, the main way they cool down on a hot day is by panting.

Number Six: Their Feet May Smell of Corn, Naturally

Some people may notice a strange smell emanating from their furry friend’s paws. It’s been compared to popcorn or even chips. This is a completely normal occurrence that is brought about by a build-up of bacteria on the feet.

Number Five: Your Pet’s Bad Breath May Signal a Problem

“Dog breath” is not known for being the most pleasant scent in the world, but if you notice that this is a recurring issue, it could signify a health problem such as a dental disease. Make sure you take your dog to the vet to check up on this if you notice it happening a lot.

Number Four: It’s Not Unusual for Dogs to Eat Feces

Though it seems (and arguably, is) disgusting, research has shown that this is completely normal, and has been a common occurrence since the pre-domestication of man’s best friend.

Number Three: Each Dog Has Unique Scent Glands

You may have noticed that dogs have a customary way of greeting each other which involves sniffing a certain area. It turns out that this is due to the placement of their glands, which secrete a smell specific to each hound.

Number Two: It’s a Myth That They are Colorblind

Dogs can, in fact, see in color. Their vision isn’t as good as ours, though, and is comparable to how we see when it’s starting to get dark outside.

Number One: A One-Year-Old Dog Is as Mature as a 15-Year-Old Human

Our favorite pets grow up quite a bit faster than we do. Some of them may be already grown to full size by the time they are 1 to 2 years old. We hope you enjoyed part two of 15 interesting dog facts.

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