Have you ever tried to race your dog across a soccer field? If you haven’t, we double dog dare you. While you’re bending over to catch your breath, you’ll realize how easily your canine can outrun you — especially if you have a Greyhound. These slender speed demons can run up to 45 mph. If a greyhound were to race the 100-meter against Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, it would win by almost five seconds.
(Source: Psychology Today)
NIGHT VISIONThe next time you’re on an evening stroll with your dog and he growls at something you don’t see, don’t roll your eyes because you assume he’s barking at nothing. It's more likely there's something actually there that you can't see with your relatively terrible human eyes. Dogs have evolved over time to be able to see both light and dark, whereas humans can see things only when it’s bright.
(Source: Science Daily)
SENSE OF SMELL
Your dog relies on his sense of smell for every part of his life, from understanding how the world works to finding his food. For this reason, dogs have a superior sense of smell. Research suggests that dogs can identify smells between 1,000 to 10,000 times better than their humans can.
After smell, a dog’s ability to hear is the next strongest sense they have. Dogs can hear a wider range of frequencies than humans, which is why they can sometimes hear higher pitched noises when you cannot. Dogs hear noises up to 45 kHz, while humans only hear sounds up to about 23 kHz.
(Source: Science Line)
Most dogs can be house trained by the time they are 4 months old, whereas human babies wear diapers until they’re about 2, sometimes 3 years old. The next time you get frustrated over trying to teach your dog a new trick, just remember: He learned how to hold it way earlier than you did. Cut him some slack.
(Source: A Place to Love Dogs)
Without any help from machines or X-rays, dogs have been able to detect lung cancer just by their sense of smell. A recent study conducted at the Schillerhohe Hospital in Germany found that dogs can smell certain organic compounds in humans, which are linked to the presence of lung cancer. What can you smell?
(Source: Cesar Milan)
The next time your dog gets washed away by the surf, don’t try to save him. At least that’s what a U.S. coast guard is encouraging humans to do (or not to do). Why? Because dogs are better swimmers than you. They can swim with their heads above the water. What’s more is that they have a low center of gravity, four legs for propulsion and a set of lungs with a higher capacity than yours. Certain breeds even have waterproof undercoats and webbed feet.(Source: Daily Mail)
Your dog doesn’t need a fancy alarm to tell her that it’s time to get up in the morning or that it’s time for you to come home from work, especially if you keep a pretty regular routine. A dog's internal clock is tremendous, as evidenced by your attempt to sleep in on a Saturday morning and your dog’s strong opposition to it. She knows when it’s time to get your day started.
(Source: A Place to Love Dogs)
In a food-eating competition, your dog would beat you, paws down. Dogs require about 30 calories per pound, while humans require 15. Of course, they’d be eating their food and you’d be eating yours. However, we’re confident that they could beat you in a bacon-eating contest, if ever there was one.
Recent studies have shown that pets can reduce stress better than humans can. The research found that when conducting a task that’s stressful, people actually experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a supportive friend or even their spouse was present. Although it feels good to vent to your buddy or mom, it may be more beneficial to just cuddle with your dog.
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Dogs are perhaps the most loyal creatures on the planet. Because they are naturally pack animals and are affectionate, they love to love their owners. This explains why they’re always sad when you leave and excited when you come back. Their true happiness comes from being by your side.
(Source: Cesar’s Way)