1. Dogs can fall in love just like humans
Research shows that the level of oxytocin a dog’s brain releases increases when they interact with both dog and humans. Just like humans, our brain’s oxytocin, or what we called the “love chemical,” also increases when we kiss or hug someone.
2. A dog’s sense of smell is super powerful
It is a fact that dogs use their powerful sense of smell to guide them, but do you know that they can smell a spoonful of sugar thrown in an Olympic-sized swimming pool?
Not only do they use their smelling to find treats in your house, but they can also use their extraordinary nose to smell diseases. Research found that dogs have an incredible ability to detect certain organic compounds in the human body. That means your dog can actually diagnose your cancer, diabetes and early signs of epileptic seizure by just sniffing. They can even know if someone in your household is pregnant.
3. Dogs don’t feel guilty
Many believed that their naughty dog can feel guilty, but researchers believed that the dog’s “guilty look” is just a dog’s reaction to being scolded. Dogs can experience different emotions, but guilt is not one of them. Guilt is a very complex emotion. Whenever your dog makes the “guilty” eyes again, know that he or she merely fears to get into trouble.
In fact, according to a study, those dogs who were wrongly accused often looked more “guilty” than those who really deserve to be scolded.
4. Dogs only sleep belly up in places they feel safe
Sleeping belly-up is only typical for domesticated pets as it is a very vulnerable position. And even domesticated dogs only sleeps in this position when they feel safe and comfortable. But not all dogs do this position even though they’re in a very safe and comfortable environment, it’s their own choice after all.
5. Your dog’s whiskers help him detect dangers in the dark
A dog’s whiskers pick up on subtle changes in air currents. This gives your canine information about the size, shape, and speed of the things nearby allowing them to better sense danger or preys approaching – even in the dark.
6. Dog urine is powerful
The acid in a dog’s urine is incredibly strong. It’s so strong that it can destroy metal. Apparently, allowing your dog to pee on a lamp post is a dangerous decision.
In 2003, a study in England found that dog pee was causing the lamp posts to deteriorate at their base. In Croatia, urinating dogs were also blamed for collapsing lamp-posts.
7. On average, a dog’s mouth exerts 320 pounds of pressure
In comparison, humans exert 120 pounds of pressure, white sharks use 600 pounds of pressure and crocodiles have the most strong jaws that exert 2,500 pounds!
8. Dogs have three eyelids
Sectioned into the upper lid, lower lid, and third lid. The third lid is called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” it keeps a dog’s eyes moist and protected from elements. So if a dust storm kicks in, don’t worry, your pup’s eyes are safe.
9. Dogs can see in color
It has been believed that dogs see everything in black and white, but the truth is, dogs can see some colors, but not as vividly and as many as humans can. Dogs’ eyes can see blues and yellows, but they could not recognize red. They see red as dark grey. That’s because they only have two color-detecting cones in their eyes, while humans have three.
10. Many dog owners look like their dogs for a reason
Some psychologists believe that, much like choosing a spouse, people are more likely to pick a dog that matches their personality and looks. This ensures a more compatible relationship.