How often should you walk your dog?
Walking should be part of every dog’s daily routine to keep them physically and mentally healthy. Most dogs need at least 1-2 walks per day. A brisk walk is a great opportunity for your dog to burn off extra energy, and a slow, meandering walk where you let your dog sniff and explore for as long as they want is great for their mental health
10 Amazing dog facts!
1/ Dog's noses are wet to help improve their smell! Moisture helps absorb scent chemicals more effectively hence giving your dog the super smelling ability!
2/ Greyhounds can run up to 55km/h for up to 10km!!
3/ Did you know that dogs have three eyelids? The third eyelid is called the nictitating membrane (or 'haw') and its also present in birds, reptiles and camels too. This membrane sweeps back and forth across the surface of the eye, providing protection and providing moisture
4/ Male dogs lift their leg when they pee as a sign of dominance. Dog’s urine contains markers that inform other dogs of its presence and social standing. Dogs lift their legs as high as they can so they can show more dominance and let its scent to travel further
5/ Dogs dream. Dogs dream as they sleep. Scientists think they dream similarly to human and replay moments from their day. You can tell that a dog is dreaming if they are twitching their legs or bark in their sleep. Small dogs may have more dreams than big dogs
6/ Dogs are not totally colourblind. Dogs cannot see the same colours that humans do, but they are not colourblind. They have two colour receptors, while humans have three. Dog’s eyes see things in shades and combinations of blue and yellow
7/ Dogs can smell your feelings. Dogs use their sense of smell to work out how humans are feeling. They can detect both feelings of stress and fear as well as happier emotions
8/ Dogs don’t like hugs. Animals psychologist say dogs can be stressed and unhappy when they are hugged, because they see having a limb thrown over them as a sign of dominance. They will convey that stress by licking their lips, looking away, or folding their ears
9/ Dogs love belly rubs. They feel good and set off a specific reaction in their brain that responds to the stimulation of hair follicles
10/ Dogs can help their owners live longer. Interacting with dogs can boost your production of happy hormones such as dopamine
Why do dogs pant?
Dogs do not have an effective system of sweat glands like humans do, so panting as a cooling mechanism is necessary. Dogs cool their bodies using the evaporation of moisture from the mouth and tongue, and by exchanging the hot air of their lungs with cooler external air
How do I protect my dog from heat?
Provide ample shade and water. Any time your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh and cold water
Do short-haired dogs shed less hair?
Short-haired dogs do not have a winter coat so they tend to shed more frequently and constantly than long-haired dogs
Why does your dog stretch in front of you?
If your dog greets you with a stretch, it means that he is saying hello to you. Your dog didn't just wake up from a short nap or decide to do some puppy yoga
Why does your dog put their paw on you?
When you are petting your dog, and they put their paw on your arm or leg, it is kind of like petting you back. While most dogs can't do an actual stroking action, laying their paw on you is a sign of affection, closeness and trust. This is their way of creating a special bond with you
Why does your dog lick you?
Licking is a natural and instinctive behaviour to dogs. For them it's a way of grooming, bonding, and expressing themselves. Your dog may lick you to say they love you, to get your attention, or to help soothe themselves if they're stressed
Is it really necessary to brush a dog's teeth?
Without brushing, plaque can build up, putting your dog at risk for bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. It can also cause painful infections
What does a howling dog signify?
Howling is one of many forms of vocal communication used by dogs. Dogs howl to attract attention, to make contact with others and to
announce their presence. Some dogs also howl in response to high-pitched sounds, such as emergency vehicle sirens or musical instruments
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