All About Dogs: 50 Fun Facts
Dog Walker in Winter Park, FL | Pet Sitter in Maitland, FL
- You can lower your blood pressure just by petting your dog!
- The United States has the highest pet dog population in the world. Approximately 75.8 million in fact.
- In a study done by scholars at the University of California, it was found that dogs can get jealous if they see their humans displaying affection toward something or someone else.
- If your dog’s paws smell like corn chips, it’s most likely because dogs only have sweat glands in their feet! That smell is their natural body odor.
- Dogs can hear about four times the distance as humans.
- Dogs are NOT colorblind. They can see blue and yellow, too.
- Just like human fingerprints, no two dogs noses are identical.
- There are an estimated 600 million dogs in the world; 400 million are estimated to be strays.
- There are nearly 14.000 animal shelters and rescue groups across North America.
- Dogs are pack animals and do not enjoy being alone.
- Dogs can smell about 1,000-10 million times better than humans.
- When dogs poop, they prefer to go in alignment with the earth’s magnetic fields.
- Dogs can be trained to detect changes in the human body — there are even seizure alert dogs, diabetic dogs and dogs that can sniff out cancer.
- Service dogs are recognized in the U.S. as “necessary medical equipment.”
- National Geographic’s Dr. Brady Barr measured a dog’s average bite force at 320 pounds of pressure per square inch.
- The fastest dog breed in the world is the Greyhound.
- Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest dog breed in the world.
- Dogs curl up instinctually to keep warm and protect vital organs.
- Smaller dog breeds mature faster than larger breeds.
- Whiskers are used as sensing devices; some dogs even use them to see if they’ll be able to fit into small spaces.
- Dogs have wet noses because it helps to absorb scent chemicals.
- Seeing eye dogs are trained to do their “business” on command-this way their owner can clean it up a bit easier.
- Spiked collars were originally fashioned in ancient Greece to protect dogs’ throats from wolf attacks.
- When dogs howl at each other, they adjust the pitch of the howl to sound more unique.
- A dog can sense the earth’s magnetic field. It’s a big reason they’re so effective at finding their way home.
- Dogs are capable of sensing drops in barometric pressure and shifts in static electricity field, which allows them to detect an approaching storm.
- While humans have two eyelids, dogs have 3, which helps keep the dog’s eyes lubricated.
- A male dog will usually prefer playing with a female dog. On the other hand, a female dog does not discriminate between sexes.
- A dog is four times more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior when consistently walked by a male.
- Male dogs raise their legs while urinating because they want to leave their mark as high as possible. This gives the impression that they are tall, thus intimidating.
- Smaller dog breeds also tend to live longer than large dog breeds.
- When overheated and panting, a dog’s sense of smell is reduced by as much as 40 percent.
- Obesity is the most common health problem in dogs.
- A dog’s vision is at it’s best right before the sun rises and sets.
- Newborn puppies have heat sensors in their noses so they can find their mothers while their eyes and ears are closed.
- A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140.
- 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.
- Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds, compared to humans 9,000.
- Dogs can recognize over 250 words, they can count to 5 and they can complete simple mathematical equations.
- Contrary to popular belief shelter & rescue dogs aren’t just mutts. Approximately 1/3 of surrendered dogs are purebred.
- Researchers discovered that dogs experience the same wave patterns we do when we sleep.
- The average city dog lives 3 years longer than a country dog.
- An estimated 1,000,000 dogs in the U.S. have been named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner’s will.
- 70% of people sign their pet’s name on greeting and holiday cards.
- The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in 17th century England when it is believed that many cats and dogs drowned during heavy periods of rain.
- The oldest known dog breed is most likely the Saluki – originally trained by Egyptians to help them track game.
- The world’s shortest dog breed is the Chihuahua.
- Dogs judge objects first by their movement, then their brightness, and lastly their shape.
- The longer a dog’s nose, the more effective their internal cooling system.
- Dogs are all direct descendants of wolves.
About Walk’n Dogs – A Dog Walking Company | Winter Park, FL
Rachel has been working in the Pet Care Industry for the last few years and started her career in a local Canine Health & Fitness Center that also incorporated canine hydrotherapy, dog daycare & boarding. While working at Rocky’s Retreat, under the previous ownership of Sherri Cappabianca and Toby Gass, Rachel became certified in canine hydrotherapy and they taught her everything she knows about canine care, hydrotherapy, health and fitness.
Rachel is currently the owner/founder of Dip’n Dogs Canine Hydrotherapy and Walk’n Dogs – A Dog Walking Service in the Orlando, FL area. Dip’n Dogs provides water therapy for dogs with any orthopedic condition, degenerative disease, injury or obesity. Walk’n Dogs provides in-home visits for dog walking, pet sitting, pet taxi and pet errands. Each service is customized to fit each dog and their needs. Rachel caters to the Winter Park, Baldwin Park, Maitland and Casselberry areas.
Rachel is also the owner and dog mom to her two beagles, Leo and Lola.