After a long day we know there’s no better feeling than coming home to a warm greeting from your best friend. We love the fun and companionship our dogs bring to our lives day after day. However there’s more to that smiling face than meets the eye. Check out these 10 things you might not have known about your best friend.
1. Unlike humans, who sweat through their skin, dogs sweat through their paws. Check it out next time your dog seems to be hot. via Dog Health
2. Just as humans can be identified by their fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their nose prints because like human fingerprints a dog’s nose print is unique to that dog. via Pet Place.
3. The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived 29 years and 5 months. In human years, that is more than 160 years. via Guinness Book of World Records
4. Dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as people. Dogs use these ear muscles to display over 100 different facial expressions! via ASPCA
5. A dog can hear sounds four times farther away than you can. via ASPCA
6. 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. via Live Science
7. Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark. via Vetstreet
8. A Dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 – 10,000,000 times more acute as that of humans. via Dog Breed Info
9. Sunny Jung, an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, studied the drinking habits of dogs. Dogs drop their tongue into the water, and bend their tongue backwards, splashing up a column of water. Dogs know when to close their mouth before the water drops back into the bowl. That’s a smart puppy! via Science Daily
10. According to Dr. Stanley Coren, an expert in canine intelligence, the average dog can understand about 165 words, possibly more with training. Consistency is key, says Coren. If you call his meal "supper" but your spouse calls it "dinner," the label for his nightly kibble might be fuzzy. But if everyone says "dinner," he'll soon perk up anytime you're discussing dinner plans. via Animal Planet
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