A dog is present in one-third of ALL homes worldwide. These amusing, amiable, and devoted creatures make wonderful companions, but they may also be fearsome and tenacious protectors or smart assistants.

Dogs are the world's most popular pet

Over 20,000 years ago, humans were the first to tame (domesticate) an animal. As they developed from wolves, their heads, teeth, and paws shrunk, and they become more submissive and tame.

They evolved from an extinct wolf species

Dogs are regarded to be as intelligent as children aged two, which means that their owners often teach them commands and tricks. Additionally, dogs are considerably easier to train than children.

They can learn more than 100 words and gestures

These intelligent canines have an extraordinary sense of smell, allowing them to track scent trails days after they have been abandoned. Amazingly, bloodhounds' keen sense of smell is accurate enough to be admissible in court!

Dog nostrils are 40 times as sensitive than human ones

Many canines are trained to serve as guide dogs, enabling blind individuals to navigate securely. Some courageous hounds are search and rescue dogs who aid human rescuers in rescuing people in peril.

Many work as service dogs to help people

Dog sweat is much oilier than human sweat, and only other dogs can smell the chemicals in it. Strangely, it also makes the paws of many dogs smell like cheese crisps.

They cool off by panting and sweating from their paws

Most dogs have a dominant paw, like people. Do a simple science experiment to find out. Observe a dog start to walk. Which leg comes first? Note each starting leg and look for a pattern. Dogs lead using their dominant leg.

They are either right or left pawed

Ancient breeds such as the Saluki resided in the opulent Egyptian royal palaces! The spoiled dogs had their own maids, wore jewelled collars, and consumed only the richest meals.

Ancient Egyptians viewed canines as divine

Dogs communicate using their ears, eyebrows, shoulders, and tails, not with sound. Posture also matters. When a dog interacts with a person or another dog, pay attention. Are they shrinking or growing? What're they saying?

Dogs use body language to communicate their emotions

Dogs have feelings and needs and must be cared for. They need daily walks, healthy food, a clean, cosy bed, and lots of love. Before getting a dog, be sure your family has the time and means.

Dog ownership is a HUGE responsibility

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