Human's Best Friend: Dogs

Human's Best Friend: Dogs

Dogs have been our beloved friends, companions and guardians for thousands of years. They come in all shapes and sizes and help us out in more ways than we can count. They are bred as workers, protectors and as friends for our lifelong journeys. They are our shoulders to cry on and our activity partners and our best friends. 

So here are some facts about them! 


  • The average dog is estimated to be as intelligent as a 2 year old. I've often said that having a dog is like having a toddler for life, but I didn't realize how on the mark I was! Fido is capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures and is even able to read facial expressions. And they can do basic math! I've yet to see my dog do this, but maybe I'll get him to start doing my taxes ;-)
  • The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs. 
  • Petting your dog can reduce your blood pressure and has been shown to release hormones in the brain to help balance your mood.


  • Dogs apparently do not enjoy being hugged as much as we think. They take an arm over the shoulders as a sign of dominance. I'm not sure how much I believe of this though because my dog in particular actually asks for hugs by leaning into people. He may be a special case though!
  • Corgi is Welsh for "dwarf dog".
  • Service dogs know when they are on duty. They are trained to know that when their harness is on it's business time but become playful and energetic when it is removed. 


  • The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.
  • If you leave your dog an article of clothing that smells like you when you leave it can help curb their separation anxiety. This may explain why I'm constantly finding mine in my bed shedding all over my pillows.
  • Seeing eye dogs are trained to use the bathroom on command to make it easier for their owners to clean up after them. I should teach Jasper this!
  • Hyenas are not part of the dog family, they are actually more closely related to cats. I never would have guessed!
  • Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog in the USA, Canada and Great Britain.
  • Spiked dog collars weren't always a fad to make dogs look tough. They were originally used in ancient Greece to protect dog's throats from wolf attacks. 
  • Dogs sweat glands are in their paws. It can help in hot weather to dampen their paws to cool them down.
  • A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.

dog in a bucket

  • Dogs can smell how you're feeling, this may also be how dogs can tell when people have diseases or if a woman is pregnant. 
  • The notion that dogs only see in black and white is a myth, they actually see in a range of blues and yellows as well as black and white. 
  • Dogs are trained to pick up on changes in humans. They have been known to work with people who have anxiety, diabetes and seizures. 
  • Some breeds of dog are prone to having a brown eye and a blue eye. This trait is called heterohromia iridum. 
  • All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.



Foods that are Harmful to Dogs

Anything with Caffeine or Alcohol
Apple and pear seeds

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