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17 Facts About Dogs That Most Pet Owners Aren't Aware Of.

Let's face it, we love our dogs. But take a look over at fluffy what do you REALLY know about her? Well here are some facts about man's best friend you may not know about!



1/22. Yes, your dog masturbates. Even if they are spayed/ neutered, these behaviours still continue. It's even possible for your dog to get addicted to masturbating which is usually a response to constant stress.

2/22. Your dog having problems with separation anxiety? Well as it turns out leaving a piece of clothing out with your scent on it will clear that right up!

3/22. Tail wagging is a way for dogs to communicate it's like their own language. Different patterns signal different emotions, like whether a dog is nervous, aggressive, playful or curious.

4/22. Petting your dog lowers your blood pressure more than during interactions with other humans.

5/22. Dalmatian puppies are born without spots. It's not until the pups are around 2-3 weeks old when the spots actually start to appear.


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6/22. The nose of a dog is always wet to help them smell better? Yes, the moist layer helps to absorb sent chemicals.

7/22. The reason dogs curl up is because of an age old instinct to keep themselves warm and to protect vital organs while they sleep.


8/22. Whiskers help dogs "see" more clearly. They can sense subtle changes in air pressure and even help dogs navigate at night.

9/22. There's a breed of dog known as the Basenji that doesn't bark it yodels. This is due to the weird shape of their voice box.

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10/22. Dogs prefer to poop with their body aligned to Earth's magnetic field.


11/22. Dogs are best known for their sense of smell. It's 10 000- 100 000 times more sensitive than our own.

12/22. The Norwegian Lundehund is a dog breed that has six toes on each foot!


13/22. The roof of their mouth can sense scent. That's why dogs lick their nose transfer scent particles onto the roof of their mouth!

14/22. In a study done by scholars at the University of California, it was found that dogs can get jealous if they see their humans displaying affection toward something or someone else.

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15/22. It's a myth that dogs con only see in black and white they actually are able to see a limited range of color as well.


16/22. Dogs can be trained to detect changes in the human body there are even seizure alert dogs that assist patients during the onset of a seizure.

17/22. When your dog spins in a circle before settling down to snuggle, its because hes making himself at home! This is a nesting trait carried down from your dogs wilder ancestors.

18/22. Newfoundlanders are so highly suited to swimming, they even have webbed feet!

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19/22. A service dog named Kirsch received an honorary masters degree in mental health counselling for attending all of his owners classes.

20/22. You may have noticed your dog's feet smell vaguely of corn chips. Well that's because doggy sweat glands only located on their feet have natural bacteria that gave off a yeasty smell!

21/22. Dogs have at least 18 muscles in each ear, allowing them to capture sounds from all different directions.

22/22. The USA is the country with the highest pet dog population, at around 75 million.


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