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What do you mean I’m not human?

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So, let’s talk about 6 surprising and fun facts about our four legged loves!  I don’t know about you but my three dogs rule the house!  I always say they live here and I just pay the bills.  When my daughter was a toddler it was literally like dealing with 4 two year olds!  Demanding, loud and self-absorbed.  Wait..that kind of sounds like me! :) Anyways, only difference was my three pooches knew when Mama was mad and ready to give spankings so they behaved.  My two year old daughter not so much.  Well, there’s a reason why dogs act so similar to toddlers because that leads me into our first fact.  A dog’s mental state is the same as a 2 yr old toddler.  Both understand about the same number of gestures and words which is around 200.  If only I could have potty trained my daughter in a month like my pups!

Ever notice pooches have an internal alarm clock.  They have no problem letting you know when it’s their time for  dinner or a walk etc.  They have their schedule down and you better not mess with it!  They are very verbal about it.  I think everyone knows what I am talking about.  Yes, dogs have a sense of time.  They pick up on our habits.  And they are a stickler for routines.  Contrary to popular belief they are not like us in the sense of hating routine. They are perfectly content with eating the same thing everyday at the same time.  They love it!  They don’t want any surprises other than you walking in that door.  :) <3

My daughter asked me the other day why do dogs have whiskers?  I told her to see in the dark.  Believe it or not their whiskers pick up on subtle changes in air currents which gives them information on the speed, size and shape for objects nearby.  So they don’t need light like we do to see.  This is something they got from their wolf ancestors to better sense dangers or prey.  Of course now she wants to be cat woman on Halloween so she can have whiskers and see which house is giving her the “yuckie” candy as she puts it!

So, how do dogs sweat if they have fur?  Through their paws.  Their sweat glands are between their paws.  It’s good to wet the bottom of their feet if you are outside on a hot day.  Dogs pant as a way to cool down.  It’s their way of sweating.

Did you know dogs can hear 4 to 5 times as far as we do.  Pups are born deaf but they definitely surpass our hearing abilities quickly.  They can hear high pitched sounds with a frequency range of 67 to 45,000 cycles per second.  Our range is from 64 to 23,000.  Now you know why your dog gets up and starts barking for no reason!  He hears something that you don’t!  But, they are like humans in the sense that their hearing ability decreases as we age.  Oh and by the way, I’m sure you know dogs can definitely smell better than us.  A dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 to 10 million times better than yours.  Kind of glad about that one…who wants to smell everything all day!  :)

Lastly but not least.  My favorite pooch fact!  Our four legged fur balls can smell our feelings… awwww!  They pick up on changes in your scent, which helps him figure out how you are feeling such as nervous or fearful.  That’s probably also how dogs can detect certain diseases in humans.  When I was pregnant my pooches knew it!  They probably knew way before I did.  Now if only they could talk human!  They could have saved me from sitting in the waiting room of the doctor’s office for two hours! :)


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