Pets (How well you know your pet dog? 10 things you dint know about your dogs)

1. Listen Up!
Dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as people. Dogs use these ear muscles to display over 100 different facial expressions! These extraordinary ears also help dogs to hear sounds at four times the distance that humans can.

2. Why Do Dogs Turn in Circles Before Lying Down?
In the wild this instinctive action turns long grass into a bed. To keep your pooch at home comfortable, make sure they have a specified place to sleep and keep it in the same spot. This will help them feel secure.

3. Dog DNA
We humans can be identified uniquely by our finger print but did you know that your dog’s nose print works in the same way? Dog nose prints are individually distinct and can be used to prove identity.

4. Dog vision
A dog’s vision does not see as far as humans however they have better night vision than humans do. They are better able to see things and detect activity or motion in dim light settings.

5. Dogs can smell our diseases, too
If you have cancer, diabetes, or epilepsy, your dog might be the first to know. Dogs are also being increasingly used as service animals for people with diabetes, whose health can be harmed when their blood sugar peaks or drops. Specially trained dogs can detect the scent of these fluctuations (sweet for high blood sugar, acidic for low) and alert their owners before they even feel symptoms.

6. Dogs feel envy
Dogs know when they're not getting a fair shake. The dogs' version of jealousy wasn't as sophisticated as a human's but research shows dogs stopped doing the tricks if they were alone and not getting a reward.

7.  Those puppy eyes have no guilt
Those puppy-dog eyes your beagle gives you when you scold him over knocking over the garbage can for the umpteenth time aren’t a sign of guilt research suggests.

When dog owners thought their dogs had eaten a forbidden treat and reprimanded them, the pooches looked just as "guilty" regardless of whether or not they had actually eaten the treat. In fact, dogs who were wrongly accused of snack-snatching often looked more guilty than dogs who had really eaten the treat.

8. Single Folk: Choose Wisely
The best dog to reportedly attract a date is the Golden Retriever; the worst is the Pit Bull. When choosing your new pooch, ensure you research the breed and match it appropriately with your lifestyle.

10. Sun safety
Did you know that a dog’s hair coat acts as their protective barrier against UV rays from the sun? When you shave your dog’s coat, you could be exposing their skin to sun damage, irritation and sunburn. You can protect your dog from the sun by letting them wear customised protective clothing or applying suitable sunscreens.
 

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