Dogs have always tried to be man’s best friends. However, there are times when we make their journey difficult. If you are going to own your first dog, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Dogs are amazing creatures that can turn into green-eyed monsters due to jealousy! A study that was done by Scientists in California revealed that dogs from 14 different breeds behaved indifferently when they didn’t receive attention. The study revolved around 36 dogs. And, all dogs behaved similarly. If you are planning to raise a pet dog, here are few things you should keep in mind.
1. They Don’t Feel Guilty
A lot of people believe that dogs feel guilty. Well, dogs can become jealous, but they don’t show signs guilt. In fact, it is very difficult to verify if a dog is guilty or not. Alexandra Horowitz, a famous professor in New York claims that dogs that look guilty may not actually feel guilty!
2. Powerful Urine
Do you know that dog urine can corrode expensive metals? Dogs that pee on metal gates and lamp posts can cause plenty of damage. Early 2003, the Derbyshire County Council spent around 75,000 USD fixing lamp posts. These lamp posts were corroded by dog urine.
Gone are the days when man believed that dogs can see only black and white. This is a well known myth about dogs. However, dogs can see vivid colors too! They may not see as vividly as man; but their color range is much more than black and white. Dogs cannot spot differences between green and red. Yet, they can see different shades of blue and yellow. Also, dogs have sharper vision during the night. Their night vision is several times better than humans.
Do you know that dogs can sense diseases? If something strange is going to happen in your family, your dogs can spot it! They recognized a wide range of organic smells. These smells tell that the human body is not functioning properly.
5. They Love Actions
Human beings are vocal species. We love to talk to everyone. We love to chatter to our pets and buddies. Though dogs can understand our words (at least deduce what they mean), you must use more body language than words. Dogs have evolved drastically over the past few centuries. Today, they can understand human body language perfectly.
They can understand your thoughts and feelings, even before you realize them! Unfortunately, we send lots of signals to dogs in the form of words. These words are absolutely unnecessary. For example, asking the dog to stay by leaning forward is an invitation for the doggie to march towards you. But, when the little thing comes towards you, you ask him/her to stay! This can confuse the dog.
6. The Act of Touching Dogs!
Almost everyone loves to hug dogs. But, do you know that dogs may not like your hugs? Hugs can be treated as an awesome way of expressing our emotions to others. However, canids don’t have arms nor the intention to hug. Instead, the idea of hugging or placing a paw on another dog means “dominance” for canids.
Regardless of what you really mean, dogs are hardwired to consider hugs as an act of dominance. Also, dogs that love your hugs can act differently with other family members. It can be very challenging to identify dogs that love hugs and others that don’t. Do dogs love being patted (especially on their heads)? Well, the answer can be no. Studies declare that dogs don’t enjoy anyone touching their heads.