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  • April Schrader, CPDT-KA

5 Things You Didn't Know About Dogs

  • Dogs can see in color: It is a common myth that dogs are color blind but that is not the case. Dogs only have two cones in their eyes to detect color while humans have three. Which means dogs can see things on a blue or yellow scale but not red or green. They can also process visual information 25% faster than humans and have much better night vision than us.

  • Dogs have 18 muscles to control their ears: Have you ever noticed that your dog moves their ears move around a lot? Dogs actually have 18 muscles specifically for moving their ears. These muscles help them change directions of their ears to hear noises around them. They also play a big part in telling up how our dogs are feeling in that moment. Your dog expresses a lot of body language via their ears movements and positions, so a dogs ears are vital in helping them communicate with humans and other dogs.

  • Your dog is essentially a lifelong toddler: Studies have shown that dogs can learn over 200 words and gestures, meaning your toddler and pup are about on par when it comes to brains.

  • Your dogs nose is wet for a reason: Your dogs nose is wet because it helps them absorb scent chemicals. Their noses secrete a special mucus that helps to absorb those chemicals, then when they lick their nose it helps them understand what the smell is.

  • Dogs have scent glands in their paws: Does your dog kick their feet back after relieving themselves? They are not actually trying to bury their poop when doing this scratch behavior, they are performing territorial marking. They will kick their feet backwards in order to spread the scent from their paws to let other dogs know they have been there.

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