Doozie Dog Facts
Rufus is a hero in my book WOOF A BOY'S BEST FRIEND. He and his four-legged pals see the world differently to you and me.
They know when a person is sad or ill and some people believe that they can see ghosts. Whaaaaaat!
Here are some fun facts about how dogs see, taste, smell, hear and feel.
You often see a dog with its nose on the ground. That’s because it senses the world best through its nose, which has more than 220 million smell-detecting cells. That’s a few more than a human, who has about 10 million.
Ever wondered why a dog barks at the vacuum cleaner or barks long before anyone knocks on the door. That’s because their hearing is their second best sense next to their sense of smell. They can hear sounds that are too quiet for people to hear, as well as sounds that are either too high or too low in pitch for people to hear.
Their hearing varies depending on their age and breed. Like people, dogs can start to lose their hearing as they become older and, in some cases, a dog may go completely deaf.
Although a dog’s sense of smell is much stronger than mine or yours, their taste buds are much weaker. We have roughly six times the amount of taste buds than our four legged buddies i.e. around 9,000 taste buds compared to a dog's 1,700.
A dog’s entire body, including its paws, is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings. Touch is the first sense a dog develops. Mothers begin touching their puppies almost immediately after their birth by licking and nuzzling them. The sense of touch is important to a dog because it helps it socialise with other dogs.
It’s not true that dogs can only see in black and white. They can see colours - but not as vividly as humans. They have only two cones in their eyes to detect colours, while we have three. Dogs see mainly blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and shades of gray. However, they have better night vision and side vision than humans and are good at seeing moving objects.
They help a dog find its way through dark or small spaces. They can detect slight changes in airflow and pressure, helping a dog "see" obstacles in its path even in a pitch-black room.
Have fun reading. Bye for now.