5 Amazing Facts About Dogs You Probably Don’t Know: Think you know everything there is to know about dogs? Think again! Check out these 5 interesting facts you may have never heard of!
Dogs have a sense of time. The studies of the last few years prove that a dog has a good sense of time! And yes, Rex and Medor can tell if you take longer than usual to serve them their meal or if you come home from work later than usual! Most masters had already experienced this, but nothing was really scientifically proven, because few studies had been done! It has been proven that they know the difference between one hour and five. If they are conditioned to do so, they can predict future events, such as regular walking time. This study, which follows many others in parallel, was conducted by Northwestern University. It was able to bring to light clear evidence on the ability of animals, including the dog, to conceive the passing of time. A capacity that for a long time was believed to be valid only for humans.
By examining the medial entorhinal cortex of the brain (where an extensive network of memory, navigation and time perception is located), the researchers discovered a set of neurons that was previously unknown. This set of neurons becomes excited when the dog waits.
See our article : Does my dog have a sense of time?
The dog as a social animal is endowed with fundamental emotions like the human. Among these primary emotions we find: joy, sadness, fear, anger. These emotions give rise to 3 action strategies: Proactive action (joy and anger), Avoidance action (fear), Inhibition action (sadness). These basic emotions are themselves linked to more intense emotions such as euphoria (joy), rage/fury (anger), panic/terror (fear), distress (sadness). These emotions lead to the moods that are the inner aspect of the dog: depression (sadness – no more initiative, not moving, not playing), hyper action (hyper aggression, hyper excitement), anxiety (fear).
A mini interview of the behaviorist Joël Dehasse who explains this in detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGz6uM6hSEc
Their nose is a fingerprint, unique! Man has what are called dermatoglyphs. These are the little grooves that form special patterns on our fingers. Dogs have something similar on their nose! The arrangement of these little ridges is determined by genetics. These patterns remain fixed throughout life and are unique to each individual. We could therefore identify each dog for sure if a fingerprint file was created.
In the 16th century, Jacques du Fouilloux dedicates a chapter of his work “La Vénerie” to working dogs used for badger hunting. He gives the following description: Rather long dogs, relatively low on their feet, with hanging ears and a high, curved tail.
Badger dog at work from “La Vénerie” by Jacques du Fouilloux, 1561.
In 1700, the German Holberg describes the ancestors of the dachshunds in a chapter entitled “Badger, otter and beaver dogs”. He specifies in particular that various varieties are used to hunt underground and that the French call them “bassets” because of their short legs and elongated body.
The Dachshund, originally from Germany, has a name that speaks well of its origins. Indeed, its name comes from the word Dachs, badger in German, through Dachselhund badger dog. No wonder they sometimes have the reputation of being tenacious because it took some to stand up to the badgers.
Stray dogs in Moscow, Russia have learned to use the subway and get off at specific stops in search of food. In Moscow, regular subway riders encounter these unusual users every morning. Stray dogs from the suburbs of Moscow routinely take the subway to the city in search of food.
When the day is over, they take the subway in the opposite direction and return to their homes in the suburbs. Scientists have observed this strange phenomenon and have noticed that the dogs will even help each other to make sure they get off at the right station. How do they know which station to get off at? They actually manage to judge how long they should stay in the subway. This is directly related to the notion of time that we mentioned earlier.
What stories do you know about dogs?