Fun Facts that will help you understand your dog better and help them THRIVE!
All dogs are descendants of the wolf. Scientists refer to the dog as a Canis lupus familiaris better known as a canine
Dogs have lived with humans over 30,000 years eating biologically appropriate food – what nature intended/ raw meat & bones
Dogs are one of the most social animals yet have been de-socialized by people – locked in cages, homes, denied most opps
Dogs feel empathy
Dogs make eye contact more than any other animal. When you look lovingly at your dog, the love hormone oxytocin is released
When a dog is stressed, the hormone cortisol is released. Stress can be from: isolation, suppression, reprimands, misunderstood
Dogs have a keen ability to identify and absorb energy around him/her. Be aware of your tone and mood. Dogs are your mirror
A dog’s sense of smell is 100,000 x stronger than humans. Dogs have 2 billion olfactory receptors vs. 40 million in humans
The part of the brain that interprets smell is 4x larger in dogs
Dogs have an innate desire to dig. Provide them with a safe place to do it
Different smells in a dog’s urine tells other dogs whether the dog leaving the message is female/male, old/young, sick/ well
Take “scent walks” w/ your dog. Let them read their emails/texts. Allow your dog to use this incredible gift rather than suppress it
Dogs can learn over 300 words, countless body gestures & have ability to generalize – get started communicating with your dog
Most breeds of dogs are hardwired to do a specific job. Determine what your dog is and help him put his skills to work!
Touch is the first sense the dog develops. The entire body, including the paws, is covered w/ touch-sensitive nerve endings
Eighteen muscles or more can move a dog’s ear. Be considerate of what your dog is able to hear that you are no
The only sweat glands that dogs have are located on the pads of their feet. Be cognizant of where you walk your dog
Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints and can be used to identify them
Dogs have a wet nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smelling chemicals in the air
It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures
The average dog can run about 19 mph. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth running at speeds of 45 mp. Let them run
Maggie / Australian Kelpie 30 yr old! Lived on a dairy farm & drank raw goat milk daily. She had a job – mental/physical stim
Your dog can Thrive like Maggie IF you make the shift, offering what nature intended, balance the 3 tenets and Let Dogs be Dogs!