Dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours. Dogs understand the world through their nose. Dogs can be trained to sniff out cancer, drugs, bombs, find lost persons and almost anything else we want to train them to find. When a dog meets another dog, they sniff each other to learn about one another. Read more about What a Dog’s Nose Knows
Many dogs experience anxiety and most often anxiety and fear are a result of not being socialized at an early age. It could also be traced back to a significant event. Separation anxiety—experienced by dogs when his/her pet parent leaves—is one of the most common kinds of anxiety. Loud noises, such as fireworks, also trigger fear and anxiety for many dogs. The feelings of fear and anxiety a dog experiences are not unlike those feelings’ humans experience. Understanding this is the first step.
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When we make New Year resolutions for ourselves, it is an opportunity to include our dogs. If you want to get more exercise you can take your dog on a walk. If you want more quiet time, there is doggie yoga and meditation. These activities with a dog at your side are a paw-some experience. Obesity is the number one health concern for humans and canines alike, so choosing healthy foods and fewer caloric treats is always a good idea.
The dog days of summer are here, and so is the time to let your pup run around and socialize with furry friends. Before heading to the dog park, ensure that you have a valid dog license and that your pup is up to date on vaccines. Read more about Spend the Dog Days of Summer at These Local Dog Parks