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30 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Here are 30 Interesting Facts About Dogs.

1-5 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Prison Dogs-Interesting Facts About Dogs

1. There is a program in Ohio that pairs abused, neglected or abandoned dogs with prison inmates for the rehabilitation of the dogs and the inmates. – Source

2. Humans and dogs are the only known species to seek visual cues from another individual’s eyes, and dogs only do this when interacting with humans. – Source

3. China’s pet markets make most of their money on ill animals. Vendors perform tabletop plastic surgery to make sickly mutts resemble more valuable breeds, then pump them full of new blood laced with painkillers and stimulants. The dogs are known as “week dogs,” because they die in seven days. – Source

4. Google prefers dogs to cats. Their code of conduct specifically states that they are a dog company. – Source

5. JFK’s daughter was secretly gifted the puppy of the first Russian dog in space as part of a series of secret daily correspondence between JFK and Khrushchev. The dog then proceeded to bite every Kennedy – Source

6-10 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Spiked dog collars-Interesting Facts About Dogs

6. Spiked dog collars were invented in ancient Greece and were originally designed to protect the dog’s throat from wolf attacks – Source

7. Three stray dogs in Afghanistan saved 50 American soldiers by attacking a suicide bomber. A Facebook group raised $21,000 to bring the dogs back to the US and reunite them with the soldiers. – Source

8. A British bomb detection dog in Afghanistan died from the stress of seeing his handler shot. They had set a new record for bomb detections and the dog was awarded the equivalent to a Victoria Cross. – Source

9. The dog that played Comet on “Full House” is the same dog that played Air Bud. – Source

10. Dogs bark more than wolves because dogs have evolved into the equivalent of overgrown wolf puppies – Source

11-15 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Dog Driving Cars-Interesting Facts About Dogs

11. Three dogs in New Zealand were taught to drive a modified car around a race track in an effort to show the intelligence of shelter dogs. – Source

12. Russia’s Vladimir Putin brought a large dog with him to a round of negotiations with German politician, Angela Merkel, knowing that she had a pathological fear of dogs, in order to gain a psychological edge. – Source

13. In the 1860’s in San Francisco, two stray dogs who were “best friends” became local celebrities, their exploits were celebrated in local papers, and they were granted immunity from the city’s dog catchers. – Source

14. If a guide dog judges that a command is unsafe, it will refuse the command. This is called “intelligent disobedience”. – Source

15. A Labrador retriever service dog pulled his disabled owner into the recovery position after he was struck unconscious, then covered him with a blanket, retrieved his mobile phone and pushed it against his face, and only left his owner to fetch help once he had regained consciousness. – Source

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Pit Bulls Children-Interesting Facts About Dogs

16. Pit Bulls were once known as “nanny dogs” because of how kind and protective they were of children. – Source

17. The soviets trained dogs to serve as anti-tank bombers, but because they used soviet tanks to train the dogs, the dogs attacked Russian tanks instead of their German targets. – Source

18. Seeing eye dogs are trained to poop on command, so that their vision impaired owners can easily clean up after them. – Source

19. In season one of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the dire wolves were played by a relatively new breed of dog known as the Northern Inuit Dog. – Source

20. If you get the proper paperwork filed out, you can have your dog listed as an “Emotional Support Animal,” allowing you to bring him/her on planes and allowing him/her to live with you even if your lodging prohibits dogs. – Source

21-25 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Cheetah Dogs-Interesting Facts About Dogs

21. Dogs are often placed with cheetahs in captivity to help keep them calm. – Source

22. There is an effort called The Yellow Dog Project, which was created to bring awareness to the general public about dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated through the use of a yellow bow attached to the dog for easy visual recognition. – Source

23. The young St. Bernard rescue dogs learn how to rescue lost travelers through modeling the behavior of older dogs. They do not receive any special training, and the dogs decide for themselves if they will specialize in staying with the victim or going to seek help. – Source

24. In WWII, a dog named Gander fended off two Japanese ambushes. When they came back again, with a grenade this time, Gander picked it up and charged back at them, killing more Japanese, saving his wounded team, going out in a blaze of glory and earning a posthumous medal. – Source

25. Some dogs that fail seeing-eye school go to work as bomb-sniffers for the ATF – Source

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Service dogs-Interesting Facts About Dogs

26. Service dogs are trained to know when they are on duty. When their harness is on, they know they are at work. When you take it off they instantly become playful and energetic. – Source

27. There are special bins in Mexico City where when you put your dog poo in it, you get free wifi. The more poo, the longer the free wifi. – Source

28. There is a seeing-eye goose in Poland that leads around a blind dog. – Source

29. The average dog can learn 165 words, count up to 4 or 5 and even have a basic understanding of arithmetic. – Source

30. Using a basic food-reward system, normal household dogs were trained to detect both lung and breast cancer with 90-100% success rate when checked by biopsy-confirmation, only by smelling patient’s breath. This was also after only a few weeks of training. – Source

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