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  • Dogs can often smell disease. Many dogs are trained as service animals to detect diabetes or epilepsy and alert their human companion of oncoming episodes.
  • Dogs are generally as smart as 2-year old children. Border Collies are the smartest breed and capable of understanding up to 200 words.
  • An unspayed female dog can produce 67,000 offspring in just seven years.
  • Dachshunds are the smallest breed of dog used for hunting. They are low to the ground, which allows them to enter and maneuver through tunnels easily.
  • An American Animal Hospital Association poll showed that 33 percent of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.
  • A dog's whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes, and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow.
  • When a dog yawns it is usually a sign of nervousness.
  • The Chihuahua is the only breed of dog to be born with an incomplete skull. They have a "molera", a soft spot in the skull which fills in with age.
  • Smells are important to a dog. About 33% of a dog's brain is devoted to processing olfactory information, while in humans it is more like 5%.
  • The Chow Chow and the Chinese Shar Pei both have characteristic blue/black tongues. However, black spots on a mixed breed's tongue does not always mean it is part Chow, many breeds have been known to have spotted tongues.
  • An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named as the primary beneficiary in their owner's will.
  • The Boxer holds the record for the longest tongue!
  • The Basenji is the only dog that cannot bark. Although they can make a wide variety of other dog noises including a yodeling sound.
  • Canine distemper is a viral disease of dogs that is highly contagious and can be fatal. One of the ways a dog can catch distemper is by sniffing fecal matter of an infected wild animal such as skunk, raccoon, etc., that has the disease, or drinking from water used by these animals. It is very important to keep your pet's vaccinations up to date!
  • It is estimated that 99% of puppies sold by pet stores come from puppy mills. A puppy mill is a large commercial breeding facility where profit has priority over the well being of the dogs. Puppy mill puppies have numerous health and behavioral issues including nervousness and fear due to lack of socialization. Puppy mills are cruel and inhumane in so many ways - don't buy puppies from pet stores!
  • The Irish Wolfhound is the largest dog, and the Chihuahua is the smallest dog.
  • According to the Humane Society of America, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born each day in America, compared to 10,000 human babies. That's a 7 to 1 ratio. Please spay and neuter your pets! Working together we can bring the staggering number of homeless and euthanized animals down.
  •  Dogs do dream! Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming
  • Watch that plate of cookies! A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 – 100,000 times more acute as that of humans.
  • It’s a myth that dogs only see in black and white. In fact, it’s believed that dogs see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and various shades of gray.
  • When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory.

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All articles in this Knowledge Center (Blog) are for general informational purposes only and are not to be considered medical advice or specific training instructions for your pet.  All dogs are different and there are many different professional opinions and techniques. As there are several different contributors to this Blog, It is your responsibility to choose what works best for your dog.  We recommend that you consult with your own veterinarian or trainer for care and help for your pet's specific needs.  Cincinnati Dog Pages, as well as all authors of articles on this Knowledge Center (Blog), disclaims any and all responsibility and liability for any medical or behavioral incidents arising after reading articles on this website.  
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