19 Amazing Facts about Dogs That Will Make You Love Your Dog Even More

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It is no exaggeration when anyone says dogs are man’s best friend. It isn’t just because they are so loyal, it is because of their ability to love unconditionally and show empathy towards humans in the most healing manner possible that makes them irreplaceable. Their exuberant energy and guileless love can put a smile on even the most depressed person on Earth. And here are some amazing facts about dogs so that we can honor them and appreciate them for their friendship and love.

19 Guide dogs are trained in “intelligent disobedience,” refusing unsafe commands to protect their visually impaired handlers from potential dangers.

Intelligent disobedience
A Guide dog

Guide dogs are trained to perform “intelligent disobedience” where they will refuse a command if it puts their handler in danger, a vital skill for the safety of their visually impaired handlers. This training ensures that if a handler commands the dog to proceed and it’s unsafe—like walking into traffic—the dog disobeys. This principle has been part of service animal training since at least 1936 and is essential for navigating obstacles and hazards​. Dogs like German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers are particularly adept at learning this skill due to their intelligence and problem-solving abilities, making them top choices for guide dogs​. This skill underscores the deep trust and understanding between guide dogs and their handlers, enhancing mobility and safety for visually impaired individuals​. (source)

18 The parts of the brain that respond to vocalizations reside in similar places in both humans and dogs, which is why dogs can understand human laughter and happy sounds.

Dogs Understanding Humans
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A team of Hungary researchers at Eötvös Loránd University have conducted fMRI scans of dogs brains while playing different human and dog sounds that are either emotionally positive or negative. The human brains contain a specific area within primary auditory cortex that responds to the sound of human voices and allows us to rely on spoken language for communication. So, when the dogs were scanned in the fMRI, what they found was that there were parts of their brains that responded consistently to vocalizations. What’s more exciting is that these areas were located in similar places in both human and dog brains and that dogs could recognize varying vocalizations reacting differently to sounds of different emotions. (source)

17 The Beatles song A Day in the Life contains a high-frequency 15 kilohertz tone that can only heard by dogs and similar to dog whistle. 

The Beatles and Dogs
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The Beatles song A Day in the Life was released on 1 June 1967 and has two distinct lyrics written separately by both John Lennon and Paul McCartney. At the end of the song, they have also recorded the high-frequency tone along with some random background studio chatter. They would joke about the song picturing dogs listening to the song suddenly starting barking after its end. (source)


16 Dogs sneeze while playing with other dogs to signal that they are not being aggressive. 

Dogs and Their Sneezes
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If you’ve ever watched a few dogs play together, you might have observed sometimes that they sneeze. These sneezes do not entirely have anything to do irritated nose or dust in the air. The dogs are trying to tell the others that this is only play. This helps them keep things under control and stop them from escalating into serious fights. Dogs communicate through a few other such signals, like when they are pawing or giving you their paws, what they are really doing is teaching you how to be friendly and asking you to play with them. Or, when they sniff around when you yell at them, they are trying to calm you down. (source)

15 The ancient Irish respected dogs so much that if a warrior or king gained the loyalty of a dog, they would be given the prefix “Cu”, meaning hound. It is to show others that they were worthy of the respect and loyalty of a dog. 

Irish Wolfhound
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The Irish Wolfhound was believed to have been brought to Ireland as far back as 7000 BC. They were mentioned in many sources of historical literature to have fought alongside Celtic warriors and were written about by many people including Julius Caesar and Quintus Aurelius Symmachus. The Irish bred these dogs for the purposes of hunting, guarding their homes and protecting their stock. They were thought to be so valuable that, during the English Conquest of Ireland, the number of dogs allowed were limited depending on their status and were given as gifts to foreign nobles. The respect the Irish had for the dogs led to the word “Cu” to become a respected prefix for the names of many warriors and kings. (source)


14 Dogs don’t enjoy being hugged the way humans do. They see putting a limb over them as a sign of dominance. 

Dogs and Hugs
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To dogs, putting arms around the shoulders has a different meaning. Though many dogs enjoy the physical contact with their owners, animal behaviorists have found that they interpret a hug as an attempt to take control. When one dog puts its foreleg over the shoulder, a position called “standing over”, it usually relates to some form of social status or a competition over the other for resources. You can also notice it when puppies are playing, and the one who is a bit of a bully would try to stand over others or push down their shoulders which is actually an assertive or controlling behavior. (source)

13 Dogs can smell independently from each nostrils, which helps them determine the direction from which a smell is coming. 

Dogs and Smells
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Dog’s nose and the parts of brain associated with analyzing the smells are built differently from those of humans. In fact, dog’s ability to smell is about 1,000 to 10,000 times better than ours and they contain about 225 to 300 million smell receptors whereas we have only 5 million. They have two different passages for the air they inhale, one for the smells and one for breathing. The mucus on their nose helps capture the scent in the air and their ability to smell independently from each nostril helps them determine the direction in which the smell is coming from. (source)

12 There is a phenomenon called Frito Feet which causes dog’s paws to smell like corn chips or popcorn. The smell comes from a mixture of bacteria and fungi on the floor that stick to the sweat of their paws.

Dog's Paws - Frito Chips
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Pseudomonas and proteus are two different types of bacteria commonly found in soil or water and make their way to the dog’s paws. When a dog walks on a wet surface, has sweat on the paws or has licked and walked immediately, these bacteria could lodge themselves in their paws. Of the two types of bacteria, pseudomonas is the one that gives the paws the smell of snack food. (source)

11 Dogs are the only species known to understand the visual cues from the eyes of humans. 

Dogs Can Visual Cues
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Sclera, the portion of the eye around the iris, in humans is completely white while in animals the visible portion is the same color as the iris and the rest white. Because of the social nature of humans, our eyes have evolved to have smaller iris and a more conspicuous sclera to aid communication. It also helps to accurately discern who an individual is looking at when there is more than one person around, and dogs are the only other species that could interpret the visual cues of human eyes. Animal researchers have found that dogs have developed this ability during the course of their domestication over time. (source)

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