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The close relationship between dogs and humans


Oh, dogs! A best friend that always has yourback - in fact, studies have shown that menare 3 times more likely to get a girls phone number if they have a dog by their side!

And do you ever feel like your dog just “gets”you? It turns out that humans and dogs both respond to emotional sounds. When your dog hears you crying or laughing, the responsein their brain is similar to that of a human's.

In fact, they interpret your crying as another dog whining. Which may make you want to cuddle your buddy- but did you know that dogs often curl up into a ball when sleeping to conserve body heat and protect their most vulnerable organsin the abdomen from predators?

Comfy! If you’re not always around to cuddle, leaving them some clothes that smell like you will actually help them with separation anxiety. And while you may think you have the smartest dog, animal psychologists believe most dogsare about as smart as a 2 year old human.

Dogs can understand more than 150 words, countup to 5, and notice simple errors such as1+1=3. Dogs are also capable of solving spatial problems; they learn the location of hidden treats, find the fastest route to the parkand operate mechanisms such as latches and simple machines. And by the way, dogs aren’t completely colour blindas many people think!

But unlike the three specialized receptors in our eyes to distinguish colours, dogs only have two. Because of this,they see black, white, blue and yellow. Mean while, their brains don’t interpret red and green,but instead see grey.

Of the 75 million domesticated dogs in America, labradors are the most popular, but the most intelligent dog breeds are Border Collies, Poodles, and German Shepherds. However, theseare measures of intelligence that compareto our own; dogs are amazingly smart in otherways.

You’ve probably heard of drug sniffing dogs, but did you know that dogs can sense seizures, detect low blood sugar and can sniffout cancer? In one study, dogs were able to identify 30 of 33 cases of prostate cancer by smelling participant’s urine. It is believed that dog’s highly sophisticated sense of smell can detect variation and the presence of volatile organic compounds.

Their sense of smell is 10,000 to 10,000,000 times more sensitive than humans depending on the breed. A secreted fluid from their nose helps them smell by capturing scent chemicals in a thin layer of wet mucous on their nose.

In fact, for a dog, breathing is differentthan smelling. A small fold of tissue called the alar fold separates the flow of air depending on whether they are sniffing or breathing. Which also allows them to pick up pheromonesin the air to help locate and determine thereadiness of possible mates.

Tinder for dogs! On top of it all, humans really do love dogs! A recent study found that dogs activate thesame hormonal response that triggers us tolove and care for our own babies. Accompany that with studies showing decreased stressand anxiety, and it’s clear why they have become such an important part of our lives. They truly are Woman and Man’s best friend! Unless you’re a cat lover...