We sometimes like to think we know everything about our pets but occasionally a fact crops up that takes us by surprise! Here are a few surprising facts you might not already know:
- Dogs can be scared of extreme weather because of their acute hearing – Ever wondered why your dog doesn’t like to go out in heavy rain? It isn’t because they mind getting wet (although they possibly do), it’s because the sound of raindrops is far greater to their sensitive ears than it is to ours. A dogs hearing is 10 times more acute than ours. Ever noticed your dog start to pace and whine long before you hear the clap of thunder? Your dog will know a storm is coming well before you do. Be firm when going outside in bad weather – your dog will mirror your body language and if you have nothing to fear, then neither will they.
- A dog uses its wet nose to suss out the direction of scents– Healthy dogs generally have a cold wet nose. If your dog’s nose consistently becomes dry and warm then it could be a sign of poor ventilation in the house, sunburn or a skin disorder (if scabbed or flaking). An occasional dry nose is not an issue but if it persists then it may be wise to seek veterinary guidance.
- Dog’s don’t sweat – Unlike humans, dog’s do not have sweat pores on their skin although they do have them on their paw pads (which is why paws should be cleaned and dried). As a result, if they’re warm then they’ll pant to cool down.
- Myth of black and white – It’s a myth that your dog can only see in black or white. It’s largely believed that dogs can see in shades of blue, grey and yellow-green. Regardless, your dog might not see in colour but it can however see and scent in the dark! Unlike us who need to rely on torches and reflective clothing in the winter months!
- Dream Dogs! – It is absolutely true that dogs dream just as we do! You can usually tell when they’re dreaming if they’re twitching or whimpering however DON’T wake them. It’s important not to disturb dogs when they’re sleeping, eating or feeling unwell. Keep your distance and give them space. It’s advisable to teach young children not to disturb a dog in these circumstances as a dog will react completely differently to a human when caught off guard.
- Old Dogs and New Tricks – Dogs, like humans, can be taught new things at any age so even older dogs can benefit from training! Again like us it’s harder but certainly possible to change bad habits but it can take more time and a great deal of patience. It’s so much easier to establish a firm training schedule from the beginning.