10 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Since August is National Dog Month, we couldn't go without sharing some interesting facts and about these very interesting creatures. We will never get tired of learning about dogs! 

1. A dog’s sense of smell is legendary, but did you know that his nose has as many as 300 million receptors? In comparison, a human nose has about 5 million.

2. Dogs’ noses can sense heat/thermal radiation, which explains why blind or deaf dogs can still hunt.

3. Yawning is contagious—even for dogs. Research shows that the sound of a human yawn can trigger one from your dog. And it’s four times as likely to happen when it’s the yawn of a person he knows.

4. Dogs curl up in a ball when sleeping to protect their organs—a hold over from their days in the wild, when they were vulnerable to predator attacks.

5. Human blood pressure goes down when petting a dog. And so does the dog’s.

6. Dogs are not colorblind. They can see blue and yellow.

7. Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. We humans have between 2,000–10,000.

8. When dogs kick backward after they go to the bathroom it’s not to cover it up, but to mark their territory, using the scent glands in their feet.

9. A recent study shows that dogs are among a small group of animals who show voluntary unselfish kindness towards others without any reward. This is one fact dog lovers have known all along.

10. All dogs dream, but puppies and senior dogs dream more frequently than adult dogs.