About dogs - part 2

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  • Surveys show that 62 percent of dog owners admit their dog owns a jumper, wintercoat or raincoat.

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  • A dog's heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.
  • Chocolate kills dogs! Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces are enough to kill a small dog.
  • Some authorities estimate that some dogs sense of olfaction (smelling) is as high as 1 million times greater than ours.
  • Dogs naturally have a wonderful sense of smell. They have many more sensory 'smelling' cells than a man's 5,000,000. A Dachshund has 125,000,000, a Fox Terrier 147,000,000 and an Alsation (often used as a 'sniffer' dog) has 220,000,000. Truffle hounds can find the fungus delicacy even when it's a foot underground.
  • A dog's nose is not just used for smelling, but also to keep him cool. That's why a dog pants. The longer the dog's nose, the better his cooling system works.
  • A Bloodhound can identify several smells simultaneously.
  • A dog can hear sounds 250 yards away that most people cannot hear beyond 25 yards. The human ear can detect sound waves vibrating at frequencies up to 20,000 times a second. But dogs can hear sound waves that vibrate at frequencies of more than 30,000 times a second.
  • The normal body temperature for a dog is 101.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dogs are able to see much better in dim light than humans are. This is due to the tapetum lucidum, a light-reflecting layer behind the retina. Because it functions like a mirror, it also accounts for the strange shine or glow in a dog's eyes at night.
  • Dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as people.
  • A dog's smile runs from the depth of his eyes to the tip of his tail.
  • Dogs can see colour but it is not as vivid as the colour humans see. Dog colour is similar to what we see at twilight.
  • Dogs cannot see as well as humans and are considered color blind. A dog sees objects first by their movement, second by their brightness, and third by their shape.
  • Dogs are pack animals by nature. They need closeness, touching, and petting to be content and happy.
  • A dog is a true friend, and one you can be certain will never talk about you, no matter what you do.
  • A dog can suffer from a poor self-image, just like humans. Bolster self-esteem with praise, affection and rewards.
  • Family dogs who growl when family members are roughhousing aren't upset, they're just asking to become part of the game.
  • Dogs become loyal not because you feed them, but because of the companionship you give them.
  • Most dogs don't like to be left alone so they howl. Leave the radio or television on to keep your dog company when you are away.
  • Man could learn much from his dog: to be a true friend, to be faithful, and to appreciate those who love him.
  • Dogs are perfect companions. They never quarrel, fuss or fight with you, and they listen with great interest any time you speak in their direction.
  • It could be that dog is man's best friend because a dog can't understand what man is saying.
  • Dogs chew up your underwear because it smells like you.
  • The only problem with loving a dog is that they live for only a short time.
  • If your dog reacts anti-socially toward visitors, put her in another room until she calms down. When you let her out, ignore her. This forces your dog to go to the visitors for social activity.
  • A survey revealed that at least 63 per cent of dog owners admitted to kissing their dogs. Of these, 45 per cent kissed them on the nose, 19 per cent on the neck, 7 per cent on the back, 5 per cent on the stomach and 2 per cent on the legs.
  • Dogs and men are the only animals with prostate glands.
  • All dogs, from the German Shepherd to the tiny Poodle, are technically of the same species and can breed together and produce fertile offspring.
  • The most intelligent dogs are said to be Border Collies, Poodles and Golden Retrievers.

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