8 amazing facts about dogs

Also known as man’s best friend, dogs are actually very sensitive to things happening arround them and still have the capacity to surprise us. Today at trendyfact.com, we will be taking a look at 8 amazing facts about dogs .

1) Dogs don’t feel guilt

Your pet pooch may get jealous, but researchers found those puppy dog eyes are not a sign of guilt. In fact they are just the way we interpret a dog’s reaction to being scolded.

Alexandra Horowitz, from Barnard College in New York found all dogs looked ‘guilty’ after being told off for eating a forbidden treat like a biscuit – and those who were wrongly accused often looked more ‘guilty’ than those who really deserved to be in the dog house.

Maybe Denver didn’t eat the kitty treats after all…

2) Dog urine can corrode metal

Apparently allowing your dog to wee on a lamp-post could be more dangerous than you think – because the acids in the urine can corrode the metal.

In April 2003 Derbyshire County Council spent £75,000 carrying out a six month survey of one million lamp-posts amid fears that dog wee was causing the bases to crumple. In the same year, urinating dogs were blamed for a spate of lamp-posts collapsing in Croatia.

We dread to think what damage this mutt did to this Banksy mural in New York then.

A dog urinates on a new work by British graffiti artist Banksy on West 24th street in New York City
Not impressed: A dog urinates on a Banksy 

3) Dogs can see in colour

It is a common myth that dogs can only see in black and white but they can actually see colours – just not as vividly as humans.

They only have two cones in their eyes to detect colours, whereas humans have three. That means dogs see colours on a blue and yellow scale but cannot distinguish between red and green. On the other hand, they have better night vision than humans.

4) Dogs can smell disease

If your canine chum is acting strange there might be nothing wrong with them – the problem could be with you.

Research at the Schillerhohe Hospital in Germany found dogs have an incredible ability to recognise the smell of a range of organic compounds that show the human body isn’t working as it should.

That means your dog can actually diagnose your cancer, something scientists are eager to explore further, as well as diabetes and the early signs of an epileptic seizure.

5) Dogs can be pretty smart

You might sometimes think your dog is as daft as a brush, but the truth is that they can actually be as smart as a two year-old child, according to research presented to the American Psychological Association.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, border collies are the cleverest canines, with some able to understand up to 200 words. The other breeds in the top five are poodles, German shepherds, golden retrievers and dobermans.

Don’t believe us? Just look at what Nana can do…

6) A wagging tail doesn’t always mean they are happy

Tail wagging has its own language. Apparently dogs wag their tail to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they are frightened. Wagging low means they are insecure and rapid movements accompanied by tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal agression.

So every wagging tail tells its own story, if you know how to read the signs.

Tall tail: Wagging doesn’t always mean a dog is happy 

7) They really are hot dogs

Next time you see your pet pooch panting on a sunny day take pity on them. Not only are they wearing a huge fur coat, they also have to contend with a higher body temperature than you.

The normal body temperature of a human is 37C, but a dog’s is a whole degree higher at 38C. That’s one reason fleas are more likely to be attracted to your dog than to you. And unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their body, just on the pads of their paws.

Dog on Beach
Hot dog: A German shepherd basks on the beach

8) Dogs have their own ‘fingerprint’

A dog’s paw print may look pretty generic but their nose print is actually as unique as a human fingerprint. Their combination of ridges and creases is so distinct it can actually be used to identify them.

Good luck getting them to stick their nose in a pad of ink without sneezing though.


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