5 amazing facts about dogs

1. They’re furry geniuses

Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and, according to studies, can perform mathematical calculations. The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year old child.

2. They’re lifesavers

Two stray dogs in Afghanistan saved 50 American soldiers. People all over the world were so impressed that they began a Facebook group to raise $21,000 to bring the dogs back to the United States to reunite them with the soldiers.

3. Their noses are one thousand times more sensitive than yours

Dogs have wet noses. This is essential for being able to tell which direction a smell is coming from. But what’s pretty amazing is that their sense of smell is around one thousand times more sensitive than a humans thanks to a whopping 220 million receptors in their nose. So that steak you cooked the other night? They can still smell it many nights later!

4. Their tail wagging means many things

You might think that when a dog wags they’re tail that they’re happy. That’s not always true. Dogs can also wag their tail to convey strong emotions such as annoyance, agitation as well as anger. The tail was originally for balance, but evolution has meant that canines use it for communicating.

5. They feel envy but not guilt

Dogs certainly know when they’re getting shortchanged. A 2008 study showed that if one dog saw another getting treats for a trick they’d been performing unrewarded, then they would get agitated, scratching themselves and avoiding the gaze of the rewarded dog.

But that cushion they chewed up or the food they stole from your plate? There’s no guilt their at all. And those soulful eyes when they’ve been caught? It’s pretty much sadness that they’ve been found out.