Surprising Dog Facts

Dogs have been man’s best friend for thousands of years, and as such you think we’d know each other pretty well by now. However, there’s no denying that there’s much about our canine friends we’re yet to fully understand. Here we take a look at some surprising facts about our canine friends that might just blow your mind!

Subway Riding Strays

We all know dogs are intelligent, however one pack of stray dogs in Russia are so smart, they have even worked out how to use the elaborate Moscow subway system to travel around the city, displaying an uncanny sense of timing and direction. These canines have learned to adapt to their urban surroundings perfectly, and have also been observed obeying traffic lights too, in order to avoid traffic.

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Guilty?

Whilst dogs often look guilty when being told off by their owners, the truth is those puppy dog eyes are not all they seem, and dogs don’t actually feel guilt. In fact, this guilty look is simply our interpretation of a dogs reaction to being told off. Maybe Denver didn’t steal those treats after all….

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Colour Vision

It’s a commonly held belief that dogs can only see in black and white, however this is a myth. Whilst their colour vision is not as vivid as ours, dogs are still capable of seeing in colour.

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They Can Smell Disease

Dogs have a truly extraordinary sense of smell which is almost 1 million times stronger than our own. So powerful is this ability, they’ve even been found to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

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They Have Their Own Fingerprint

Just like us humans, dogs have their own unique fingerprint too. Indeed, whilst dog noses tend to look pretty similar, every dog does in fact have its own distinct nose-print, that’s unique to them, and can even be used to identify them.

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They Can Dream

This one might come as less of a surprise to dog owners, and most of us can relate to having watched our dogs twitch or even howl during their sleep. Interestingly, dogs have been found to display the same pattern of brain waves when asleep as humans do, suggesting that they are capable of dreaming too. The question is what do they dream about?

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These surprising facts about dogs demonstrate just how amazing our canine friends really are. Here at CK9 Training we love dogs just as much as you do, and are experts when it comes to canine behaviour. So if you’re looking for a dog behaviourist in Surrey please don’t hesitate to contact us by giving us a call on 07739815265, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.


Do Dogs Really Understand Us?

There’s no denying that dogs often appear to know exactly what it is we’re thinking, and are seemingly perfectly attuned to our feelings and intentions. For example, they have an amazing ability to pick up on our emotions, paying close attention to the tone and emotion in our voices. Many sceptics believe that rather than truly understanding what it is we’re saying, it is their ability to cue into the tone of our voices, that lies behind their apparent ability to understand us.

However, according to new research, dogs may, in fact, understand more about what we’re saying than you might think; they may possess the ability to both hear the meaning of speech, and also perceive the emotions behind it too.

 

The research, which was conducted at the University of Sussex, saw scientists test the abilities of a variety of different dog breeds, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. The results of the testing revealed that, remarkably, dogs do, in fact, process speech in a similar way to humans. And whilst the researchers cautioned against getting too excited, they do claim that their findings suggest dogs are able to pay attention not only to who we are, and the way we say things, but also to what we’re saying. These results are unlikely to come as a surprise to most dog owners, and is pretty good news for those of us who enjoy speaking to our dogs.

Interestingly, according to these scientists, the key to working out if your dog understands you or not is all in the head tilt. Whilst a right head turn signals they know exactly what it is your telling them, a left head turn suggests they haven’t the foggiest.

 

Stories such as this highlight just how intelligent our amazing canine friends really are. Here at CK9 Training we’re dog behaviour experts and able to offer a great range of dog training services, perfect for helping your dog to achieve their full potential. So if you’re looking for dog training in Surrey please don’t hesitate to contact us, and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.