No matter how long you’ve been taking care of your pets, there are still so many things that we may not have known about our four-legged friends. From why they curl up in a ball when sleeping, to the different meanings behind the ways they wag their tails, there’s a lot of mystery packed into those furry little bodies.

Here are just a few of our favorite lesser-known (and absolutely far out) dog-related facts.

  • The average dog’s hearing is nearly four times more accurate than that of a human’s.
  • For reasons that researchers and scientists have yet to decipher, dogs will almost always poop facing the North-South axis.
  • Both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts offer badges for exemplary dog and pet care.
  • The oldest living dog ever recorded was a beagle/terrier mix named “Max”. He lived for 29 years and 282 days.Dog Chewing on a Bone at the Park
  • Like with human babies, Chihuahuas are born with an incomplete skull, and a soft spot at the top called a “molera”.
  • The average dog produces nearly 275 pound of waste a year. That’s nearly the equivalent of a professional football linebacker.
  • Service dogs are trained to know when they’re off duty for the day, and to pee and poop on command. Our poop bags are a great way to clean up the mess.
  • The reason why male dogs often lift their legs to pee is to make themselves look larger to other animals.
  • Petting a dog for just five minutes can considerably lower your blood pressure.
  • Dogs tend to curl up when sleeping for both warmth and to protect their vital organs.
  • In some cases, it can take a pile of poop a year or more to fully breakdown.
  • A dog’s wet nose is essential in the absorption of scent chemicals, which explains why their sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than a human’s.
  • America’s first dog mayor was “Bosco Ramos”, a black Rottweiler/Labrador mix who was elected to office in Sunol, California, in 1981. He served until his death in 1994.
  • Nearly two decades ago, the EPA classified dog waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
  • Contrary to popular belief, dogs can see in color. They just possess one less cone than humans, which keeps dogs from being able to distinguish between red and green.
  • A wagging tail doesn’t always mean “happiness”. Dogs wag their tails to the right if they’re excited, and to the left if they’re nervous or scared.
  • Dogs are incapable of discerning right from wrong, which makes it near impossible for them to feel guilt.
  • There are “alert” dogs that are trained to sense different ailments in the human body, including oncoming seizures, crashes in blood sugar, and even some types of cancer.
  • Dog waste is a major contributor to storm water pollution. That’s why it’s important to dispose of poop properly, in designated trash receptacles.

It’s also a proven fact that ProPet Distributors has an extensive line of dog supplies and dog park accessories to satisfy even the most eccentric dogs. For more information, visit our Contact page, or call (866) 364.4768.

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