Your dog is your best friend. You go on walks together, play fetch together, eat together, and just veg out on the couch together. For how much time you spend with your dog, you may think you know everything about them. In reality, there is probably a lot you don’t know about your furry friend. Dogs are fascinating creatures, and in this blog, we will go over some fun facts that you may not have known before.

Dogs have millions more scent receptors than humans.

You may know that Fido can smell a doggy friend from a mile away, but you may not realize just how much more powerful your dog’s sniffer is than yours. Dogs can smell literally thousands of times better than people. While humans have around five million scent receptors, a dog’s nose has closer to 125 million! This is why dogs are so good at tracking.

And they hear a lot better than humans, too!

Your dog also has another sense that is much better than yours—hearing! Your dog can hear four times farther than a human, to be precise. They can also hear sounds that are higher pitched that humans cannot.

Dog noses are like fingerprints—no two are the same!

Just like your fingerprints are completely unique to you, your dog’s nose is completely unique to them. That is why many owners choose to get prints of their dog’s nose; so even when they are gone, they will always have that unique print.

Dog intelligence is equivalent to that of a two year old child.

When it comes to the brain, your dog and your toddler actually have more in common than you think. Dogs are able to count, comprehend more than 150 words, and can even manipulate people and dogs to give them treats. Certain breeds are even smarter than that!

Your dog’s tail wagging doesn’t necessarily mean he’s happy.

A dog wagging their tail is the picture of happiness, right? Actually, maybe not. It depends on in which direction the dog is wagging their tail. If your dog is wagging to the right, it’s because they are happy. If they are wagging their tail to the left, however, it means that they are frightened. A low wagging tail indicates insecurity, while if they are wagging quickly and appear tense, it could be a sign of aggression.

Dogs only sweat through their paws.

Your dog might be covered in fur, but they aren’t sweating underneath their coat. They only have sweat glands in the paws. Dogs mostly cool down by panting.

Dogs learn our routines and have a sense of time.

It may seem like your dog can sense when it is time to go for a walk or eat their dinner. That’s because they can! Studies show that dogs have a sense of time and will pick up on your habits and routine, and they can tell when you have been gone longer than normal.

Dogs “see” in the dark with their whiskers.

You may think of cats when you think of whiskers, but your dog uses their whiskers, too! Whiskers allow dogs to have a better sense of the size, speed, and shape of anything that passes. Whether it is pitch black or bright as day, this helps your dog sense any prey or approaching danger.

Your dog uses smell to find out what you’re feeling.

You may have noticed that your dog seems to be able to pick up on your feelings; when you’re sad, they might curl up next to you, for example. Your dog uses that trusty nose to sense changes in your scent. For example, they may be able to tell that you’re anxious or afraid because they can smell your sweat. There is also some research to suggest that dogs can smell certain diseases like cancer, and that they can tell when someone is pregnant.

Hopefully, you have a newfound appreciation for your favorite furry companion now that you have read these fun facts. As the premier vet clinic in Fort Collins, we are happy to help you with your pooch whenever we can. If you need a vet in Northern Colorado, contact us to schedule an appointment.