We’re back and we’re talking about dogs! How many of you think you know everything there is to know about dogs? Show of hands, anyone? Well, we’re sorry to tell you this but we’re keen students of many an animal, dogs being just one of these creatures that we’ve studied assiduously. Why? Because they’re cute, funny and just when you thought you knew everything, they surprise you.
We think we know at least five things that you don’t know about your canine friend and we’re so sure we’re not going to give anything away in case you already knew it…
- They know when you’re happy or sad
Apart from saying to your canine companion that you’re happy or playing Adele records to show you’re sad dogs know all about human emotion. They are in fact the only creatures in the animal kingdom that can read human facial expressions which solves two mysteries; why bears don’t understand you are scared witless when they’re chasing you and why dogs know they’ve done wrong when they’ve stolen the last slice of cake from the fridge. The big question is, do they know when someone is HANGRY, hungry and angry?
- Your dog knows what the weather is like before you do!
Your dog may not be a fully trained meteorologist, but they do have the ability to sense when the weather is going to turn thanks to their impressive hearing and what can only be described as freakish sixth sense. If your dog is acting up, this may be the reason why. Dogs have been known to be early warning systems and it’s not uncommon to hear about dogs ‘playing up’ before storms and even worse, earthquakes.
- Some dogs can increase your home insurance
There you go, definitely one we think you haven’t heard of. A badly behaved dog can radically increase your home insurance especially if they ask for your specific breed. The Akita Inus are particularly well known for causing disruption around the home and breaking things. We would always advise to keep prized possessions locked up or stowed safely out of any dog’s reach, but there sometimes is no guarantee. If you’re applying for home insurance, you may want to omit the breed if not specified.
- Dog’s don’t have the biggest vocabulary but they know sounds
Well, you may have know that but did you know how big their vocabulary actually is? Any idea? It’s around 150 – 250 words; the latter is for smarter dogs only. But did you know that in a large portion of the time spent trying to learn words what they’re actually learning is sounds. That’s right, it’s about sound association with behaviour which is why they don’t understand some context of what you’re saying in the moments that you say them. Very much in the same way that you can’t teach dogs different languages but if you were to take your dog on holiday, the sound similarities between translated words may make it behave differently for one word over another.
- Tails are for wagging and chasing
If you’ve ever seen a dog behave in a strange way, you will notice one thing, the tail going like the clappers. This is not uncommon as it is a sign of emotion and muscles working in unison. But did you know this? When dogs chase their own tail they are doing this to flatten any area around them, mainly grassy areas to make a comfortable sleeping spot.
It looks like you can teach an old dog new tricks after all, we hope you liked our ‘5 things you didn’t know about your dog’ piece. If you have anything you think we didn’t know, then why not drop us a message or comment.