10 Things You Didn't Know About Your Dog

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? What he would say if he could talk? Being a dog owner is a wonderful thing but it is also frustrating that your best friend isn't able to speak to you. Without even knowing, dogs demonstrate character traits that are different from humans, besides the obvious licking themselves.

Anyone who has ever owned a dog will tell you that it is a special bond, incomparable to any other. There is a reason why dogs are known as man's best friend, the connection between man and dog is beautiful and incomprehensible. Your dog feels with you, through pain and happiness your furry friend is by your side.

Most best friends know everything about one another, and while your dog may know everything about you, you certainly do not know everything about your dog. There are many myths surrounding what dogs see, what they feel and who they are, and although every dog is different, the following ten points are all things your dog has been dying to tell you all these years.

Dogs are arguably the greatest pets anyone can have, and they are also considered the best companions anyone could wish for. If you love your dog, check this article out, it will allow you to get to know your BFF a bit better and perhaps feel even more connected to them!

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10 They Can Smell and Feel Storms Coming

Have you ever seen your dog acting weird for no reason, only for a storm to hit a couple hours later? That is because dogs sense weather changes before humans can. With their keen ears, dogs can hear at higher and lower frequencies. They can hear a rumble of thunder that the human ear won’t catch. Not only can they hear better than humans but they have a better sense of smell. A dog's nose is so sensitive and it can detect odors significantly faster than humans. Dogs are generally more attuned to changes in barometric pressure than us as well. Next time your dog is acting weird, close your sunroof, because a storm is probably going to hit!

9 They're Born Blind, Deaf and Toothless

Puppies are so helpless when they come into the world. They are blind, deaf, toothless and oh so precious. During their first week of life, 90% of a puppy's day is spent sleeping and the other 20% is spent eating. Unable to walk yet, puppies start their life crawling. Their eyes, which are closed at birth, open when they are about two weeks old. Once open, they begin to experience vision. Pups' ears should take approximately the same time to open, allowing them to hear between two and three weeks old. A puppy is dependent on its mother for the first few weeks of its life. They rely on their mother for food, comfort and to learn basic dog requirements. This is why when you buy a puppy, you must wait a certain amount of time after its birth to be able to take it home.

8 Dog Nose Prints Are the Same as Human Fingerprints

Just like fingerprints can identify humans, dogs can be identified by their nose prints. A dog's nose print is as unique to them as a human fingerprint is to us. If you look closely at a dog’s nose you will see lines forming patterns, just like our fingerprints. The previous way of dog identification was to take a paw print, however this method has passed because it is not as accurate as their nose print. All dog breeders and trainers are required to have nose print records of their dogs in case there is ever need to identify or insure them.

7 Male Dogs Lift Their Legs as a Sign of Dominance

It comes as no surprise that male dogs want to show dominance. Many people know that dogs pee in new places to mark their territory. By lifting their leg to pee, it allows dogs to spread their urine higher. This will allow the smell to stay longer because some dogs won't be able to reach that level, and eliminates the previous territory marking with another. Dogs mark their scent on objects in layers. The more dominant dog's scent stays at a higher level while the less superior dogs mark their scent below. The smaller the dog, the less powerful he is on the pee chain.

6 The "Smell" Center of a Dog's Brain is 40 Times Larger Than Yours

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A dog relies on its sense of smell to interpret their world around them, similar to how humans rely on their sight. Although it may be hard to understand, your dog interprets as much information throughout a day as you do. When you see a dog sniffing around, it is equivalent to when you see a human looking around. Dogs do this in order to understand and get to know their surroundings, which is why a dog sniffs around less at their own home than they do when brought somewhere new, with different scents. A dog’s brain is specialized for identifying scents. The percentage of the dog’s brain that is dedicated to analyzing smells is in fact 40 times larger than a human's!

5 Dogs Dream Like People

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Anyone who has ever had a dog has noticed him or her twitching in their sleep for some reason. Dogs dream and the dreams they have are very similar to human dreams. The size of the dog can also determine the length of their dreams. Larger breads only dream every 45-60 minutes with dreams lasting 5-10 minutes. Small breads, on the other hand, can dream as often as every 10 minutes, but their dreams only last around a minute. Puppies and older dogs tend to dream more than middle-aged dogs. The amount of sleep each dog requires depends on the amount of activity done during that day. Although they spend most of the time sleeping, dogs are easier to wake up than humans. Dogs can have a variety of dreams, both good and bad. If your dog is experiencing a nightmare, don’t panic. When they wake up they may be disoriented but they will soon realize it was all a dream.

4 Tail Wagging Has its Own Language

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People have the misconception that tail wagging means that a dog is excited or happy. Although it can mean those things, it can also mean that the dog is scared or insecure. Like any other language, tail wagging has grammar and vocabulary, which needs to be understood. There are numerous aspects to pay attention to when a dog wags his tail: which way it's wagging, what position the tail is in and the tempo at which it's wagging. There is a lot to consider when your dog is wagging his tail, so pay closer attention because that is the dog's way of communicating.

3 Dogs Don’t Sweat Like Us

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Dogs sweat, but they sweat in different places than humans do. Dogs sweat mainly through the pads in their paws. Their skin and armpit areas do not contain sweat glands like humans' do. Dogs attempt to rid themselves of heat by panting, so many believe that they sweat from their mouths, which is false. Dogs need to sweat through exercise, as do humans. However, some dogs need more attention due to their compromised respiration such as bulldogs and pugs. Those types of dogs are at a higher risk of overheating because they have trouble panting. Since dogs don’t have as many sweat glands as humans, they are incapable of sweating as much as us. However, it is important you exercise your dog so it can perspire properly.

2 Body Language is More Effective Than Words

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How many of you have spoken to your dog as if they were human? It is completely common and only a little weird to speak to your dogs the same way you would speak to your child. As humans we love to speak, and we talk to our pets, who, let's face it, don’t understand what we are saying. Although dogs are able to understand a few key words like "cookie", "walk" or "sit", they have a hard time fully understanding verbal communication. Dogs notice your body language more than your spoken language. Telling a dog to stay, while leaning forward, there is a better chance that your four-legged friend will understand.

1 They NEED Structure and Rules

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Dogs are like children; they need structure and rules. Dogs need to know who the leader of the pack is and if you do not take that role, your dog will never listen to you. As previously mentioned, dogs are similar to children, without rules and structure, they will run wild which is not a good thing. Sometimes it's hard to yell at your cute little friend, but they need the discipline. If you are trying to train your dog, remember they don’t understand exceptions to the rule. If they are allowed to jump on you normally, they won’t understand why they aren't allowed to jump on you when you are in a suit. Dogs see right and wrong and it is up to you to draw the line between what is acceptable and unacceptable, so be the alpha dog in your house.

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