20 Fun Things About Dogs

1. Both cats and dogs slurp water the same way.

People generally think dogs do everything messier than cats, but there are some similarities, like this one for instance. Both cats and dogs bend the tip of their tongue the same way and raise water to their mouths.

2. Dogs possess a sense of time.

If you thought your dog knew his time for a meal or toilet just because you trained him to do so at the exact same time of day, you are wrong. Dogs do have a sense of time and some studies have even shown that they react differently to different amounts of time their owners are gone. The more time you’re gone, the more they miss you.

3. Dogs use their whiskers to ‘see’ in the dark.

Their whiskers pick up changes in air currents and based on that the dog can estimate the shape, size, and speed of things in his vicinity.

4. Dogs can see in the dark.

Dog’s eyes have a special membrane caller ‘tapetum lucidum’ which allows them to see in dark places.

5. Almost half of all the dogs in the World sleep with their owners.

A few studies were conducted and it is estimated that around 45% of all pet dogs in the world share their owner’s beds.

6. Dogs have almost three times stronger bite pressure than humans.

The strongest dogs, like the American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, or a German shepherd, exert 320 pounds of bite pressure. Human beings exert around 120 pounds.

7. Dogs have more teeth than humans.

Adult humans have 32 teeth, while dogs have 42. Puppies have 28.

8. A song called ‘A Day in the Life’ by The Beatles has a special sound added just for dogs?

Rumour has it that at the very end of this song, Paul McCartney added in an ultrasonic whistle sound, dedicated to his Shetland sheepdog.

9. Dogs hear much better than humans.

While this is no mystery, it is interesting to know that scientists have estimated that a dog’s hearing is 4 times better than humans. This means they can hear farther and hear higher pitches of sound. Puppies are born deaf, but they quickly surpass humans, but same as humans, dog’s hearing decreases with age.

10. Dogs have a sense of smell much better than humans.

Also a well known fact, but the figures around this one vary from study to study. It is estimated that dogs’ sense of smell can be from 1000 to 10 million times better than that of a human being.

11. Dogs can smell feelings.

Every mood change in a human being is followed by an appropriate change in their bodily functions, and in their sent. Dogs pick up on this and can tell the difference. They can even sense early stages of many diseases and pregnancy.

12. Why do dogs chase their tails?

Dogs chase their tails for various reasons. It could be anything from their predatory instincts, curiosity, exercise, fleas, anxiety, etc…

13. Dogs dream!

Dogs have the same type of a slow wave sleep as humans (SWS) and REM (rapid eye movement). Dogs dream during their REM stages and as a sign move their paws or twitch.

14. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic.

Two Pomeranians and one Pekingese, all dogs from first class cabins, survived the ship’s sinking.

15. Why are dogs’ noses wet?

This happens because of the secretion of a thin layer of mucous, a fluid that helps with the scent absorption. The secretion is then licked and the scent is sampled via their mouths.

16. Food tastes better to dogs.

Dogs can sense up to 1700 taste buds, while humans can only sense about 9000.

17. How old is a one year old dog in human age?

A one year old dog is proportionally physically mature as a 15 year old human.

18. How intelligent is a dog?

It is estimated that a mature dog is as smart as a two year owl human child. It is also believed that dogs can learn to understand up to 250 different words and gestures.

19. Dogs do sweat.

It is widely believed that dogs do not sweat. They do, but only through their paws. Sweat glands are located in between the pads on a dog’s paw.

20. Dogs and humans have the same heartbeats.

A large dog’s resting heartbeat count per minute is between 60 and 100, same as humans.


Toilet Training Your Puppy

One of the first and most important challenges every dog (pet) owner faces when getting a new pet is the toilet train. While some pets are by nature more instinctively skilled in this field, like cats for instance, puppies need to be trained with a lot of patience and understanding.

It is normal and common that accidents will happen, even after the training has begun, but you should have a good strategy and stick to it.

Patience and persistence are key to doing this, as they are when doing anything else really. Dogs need time to adjust and learn, and only by employing a proper way of training will you be able to achieve your desired outcomes.

When toilet training your puppy, we strongly recommend that you follow these four golden rules:

  • Your puppy should be with you at all times
    • during toilet training you need to pay close attention to your puppy. If you are unable to spend that much time with them, try and create a healthy environment in your toilet or laundry room for them to spend time while you are away, otherwise you need to be there constantly, at least the first couple of days.
  • Use the rewarding method of training
    • we went over the rewarding method of training a couple of times before. As the name says for itself, you are best to establish a sort of a rewarding or grading method where you give your puppy various quality treats for various level of performance.
  • Take the puppy out every hour
    • it is understandable if these tasks are difficult and time consuming for any new puppy owner, but keeping this level of consistency is vital to toilet training. By taking your puppy out every hour you are enabling him to make a habit of considering the ‘outside’ as a place where he needs to go when nature calls.
  • Patience, consistency, and no punishment methods
    • we really can’t stress these things too much. Patience and consistency are the only way for you to get results and move forward into teaching your puppy anything, and bonding with it. The punishment method is absolutely wrong and is completely out of the question, in this and all other situations when owning a pet.

Previously mentioned things are a core to toilet training your puppy, but you can also consider using some other helpful things and methods.

While other methods can also produce success, it is important to know that a puppy will show the best progress if following one method from the start. You should avoid changing methods and strategies, like people sometimes do with using puppy pads.

Puppy pads (or old newspapers) are used inside the house, and the puppy is thought to use them as a toilet. This method is easier at start, but the next thing you need to do is start moving the pads closer to the door, and then eventually teach them to go outside, which means relearning them and making them change their already absorbed habits.

A good thing about puppies is that they need a lot of rest. They mostly need to sleep even up to 16 hours a day, which makes you job easier if you want to be with them the whole time. Also, if your puppy exhibits preference for chewing on things in your home, get them a rubber chewing toy. Dogs in various age spans have a need to chew on stuff because their teeth are growing, or they are trying to strengthen them and practice. It is a matter of animal instinct.

If you are often out of the house, or travel for work, you can also consider purchasing a larger transport crate for your puppy, and teaching it to make it a more permanent habitat or den.

IF you are using a transport crate, teach your puppy toilet skills by taking him to a place where he can freely go to toilet, as soon as you take him outside of the crate.

Puppies don’t have an instinctive need to hold on when they need to toilet, and they have a very small bladder. Even older dogs need to be taken out every two hours or so, and with puppies you can never know. That’s why we recommended that you take them out every hour just in case. It will reduce the chances of something unexpected happening and you will train your dog much easier to toilet outside.

An extra useful advice for toilet training your puppy is that you should always lead him to the same place outside, when you take him out to toilet. Also, you may want to start teaching him a cue word.

Same as you are teaching your puppy words for other kinds of communication, you can start introducing them with a word and a gesture for when you want to know if the puppy wants to go to the toilet.

If you have proper patience and understanding, and use all these methods carefully, you will not only teach your puppy the toilet skills, but you will enrich your communication and have a more polite, better trained dog later on.


What you should be teaching your puppy

Owning a dog from when it is just a puppy is a beautiful thing.

Puppies are very fun and cute, but this is not the only reason for owning a puppy. Having a dog from a stage this early in his life is the best way of bonding with him or her at a deep emotional level.

This also presents an opportunity to teach you puppy stuff he will remember for the rest of his life, and to help shape his character into a healthy pet animal.

Though puppies are generally too small for any sort of a serious training, you can still begin to develop communication skills.

What we mean by that is that you can start teaching the puppy some of your body language, and even the meaning of certain words.

Remember, dogs respond to exaggerated body language and emotion. You need to act out your emotions and words, like the old stage acting in the theatre, or a sort of an opera, if you will.

At this stage, it is best to start with teaching your god the basics, and not be concerned with his progress quality or speed. The important thing is for you dog to get the habit of spending time with you and learning from you, or better yet – paying attention.

The basic things you want to start with are:

  • Puppy’s name
  • What ‘Yes’ means
  • What ‘No’ means
  • ‘Come’
  • ‘Sit’
    How to behave when walking him on a leash
  • Proper hygiene
  • Socialization (with other dogs as well as other humans)
  • Teaching him about the environment, especially his own habitation
  • Teaching him how to behave when he is home alone

First of all, you must remember not to give your puppy any mixed signals. What this means is basically, one signal = one request, or one behaviour.
You will know you are on a good path when you notice your dog differentiates between several body movements or words.

After you’ve got that established, you should slowly move on to the precise lessons listed above.

Puppy should learn to respond to its name properly. When you speak it, it should be an unmistakable signal that the dog is called and that his attention is wanted. Of course, being that the dog is just a puppy, you must go slowly and give the puppy time and space to perfect itself.

It is essential for a dog to know the difference between ‘yes’ and ‘no’, and what those words mean on their own.

Teaching your dog to come to you should not be a problem, but to sit…this can take a little while.

When you are taking your dog out, on a leash, it is important that he understands what good manners are in this situation. IF the dog is running around, pulling the leash, you are under no circumstances supposed to run after him and allow him to kind of pull you. You are also not to pull the dog for extended periods of time and have a sort of strength contest with it.

If this kind of behaviour occurs, and it is a common thing, you are to pull once, very shortly but firmly, your dog back and wait for him to respond by coming over to you. If the dog is persistent, you might even want to stop moving entirely and wait until he comes to you. Only when he has come and calmed down, should you pet him and proceed with your walk.

Other things on the list are self explanatory, and are separate topics to be covered, thus they can’t be put in short words, but a good thing to know when teaching your puppy or a dog anything is that your signals also have two different purposes.

Actually, they are divided into plain signals and reinforces.

A signal is supposed to give the dog an idea of a thing asked of him, and when properly trained, the dog is to comply with this request.

A reinforcer is a combination of signals that are supposed to give the dog an idea of increasing the frequency of the thing asked of him.

Lastly, puppies are small and gentle, but they are not too small for you to start using the rewarding method with them.

Select a proper variation of treats for them and you can start introducing them to this method of training and learning, of course, like before, very patiently and persistently.


How to Train ANY DOG the Basics

Are you having trouble getting your dog started in training? This short video will get you moving in the right direction and get your dog understanding basic instructions.


What sort of treats should you give your dog while training

Using treats in dog training is a method more and more accepted by every dog owner and trainer all around the world.

This was believed to be the only way to make your dog obedient and also to make him tough.

While it is obvious this way is completely wrong and misses the point, which is bonding with your dog, it is also important to know that this wrong method came from people who didn’t know what they were doing and were probably trying to compensate for some of their own flaws by making their dog tough and dangerous.

This method has brought nothing but pain and suffering to the animals and has contributed to the many common misconceptions about dogs.

Owning a dog should not even be considered as ‘owning’. You are in a relationship with your…well, best friend as the saying goes. You need to put an effort and a lot of patience into growing your relationship and bonding with your dog.

The basic thing is to learn to communicate and to teach your dog the positive and negative signals you give them, teach them to pay attention on you and to know the difference.

The rewarding method is probably the best way to train your dog.

The rewarding method revolves around teaching your dog about what he or she out to do when they hear or see a certain word or sign from you.
Experts in this field found that using treats as a reward is the best way.
Now, while using treats to reward your dog’s good behaviour isn’t anything new, the methodology has advanced a few steps forward on this.
More accurately, by using treats you can also grade your dog’s performance, and teach him about the various quality of his behaviour.

What we mean by that is that when you are, for instance, training your dog a certain command, the dog can but often won’t perform at once, or he may perform but not in the best, most skilful way.

At this point you are to have patience and endure together until the dog gets better.

But, the problem that may occur is how to explain to your dog that he didn’t perform up to your expectations, or that it was good but not quite what you were looking for?

Here is where the grading system comes in.

The grading system uses dog treats of different quality to help them learn about the different levels of quality performance.

What this means basically is that you need to have treats or various quality, like plain dog treats and fresh meat.

The plain treats are naturally of a less quality level than fresh meat, and even though the dog loves them both, when presented with both choices, one should instinctively go for the meat first.

This is why meat is to be used as a top quality grade, for training, and the plain treats as a low grade.

You can get more than two levels of quality, but it is best to start with only two, and then latter build from there.

The training method is as you probably assumed by now. When the dog performs good, but not quite all the way as you are trying to teach him, you give him the lower quality treat, and when the performance is superb, you reward the best quality treat.

It goes without saying that if the dog refuses to comply and ignores you, you are to withhold any treats, because ‘no treats’ is of course the lowest grade.

This method is best followed up by your signs of affection. At the best performance level you are to pet your dog and show him you are happy with what he or she has done, and at no performance you are to refrain from such things.

This may be tough for you, but it can produce results.

Also, the level of refraining or rewarding is up to you. You are advised to judge the character of your pet honestly and to the best of your ability, and then know what he might think of as criticism, and what he might think of as emotional rejection. You should naturally avoid emotional rejection.

One other thing to note is that if you are using treats in training your dog, you should feel him less of his regular food. Treats are also nutritious and are affecting your dog’s appetite. In fact, they are even easier on the dog’s digestive system, so using them can even benefit the dog’s health.

They are easy to carry, do not cost much, and are used in small quantities, and the reward you get from them could really pay off, and you can have a good, meaningful, and hearth felt communication and relationship with your dog in no time.


Using Your Car Dashboard Camera to Record Your Dog Training While On the Road

Having pets can be a beautiful thing, if you put enough effort and the correct work into it.

As we’ve discussed before, having a meaningful relationship between you and your pet can not be achieved by force, violence, or punishment. It also cannot be hurried and it takes a lot of time and patience.

If you ever thought about bringing your pet dog on the road together with you, the first thing that crosses your mind probably is how will the dog behave during the trip, or in an unfamiliar environment, depending on your destination. Later on you also wonder about the climate changes and your dog’s reaction to them, and even how will the dog behave in your car once nature calls.

The first and foremost is the relationship you and your pet have. It is important to think about the stage your relationship is at. If you owned your dog for less than a year, it is probably too soon to take him on a road trip, even a short one, let alone one that lasts a few days.

If you have had your dog for more than a year, you need to assess, honestly and truthfully, the level of training your dog is at. We particularly mean the level of his basic behaviour skills, like: does he respond to your basic commands (sit down, stand up, look at me, don’t touch, go fetch, be quiet, etc…) and is he properly trained to notify you when he needs to go to the toilet.

Of course, if you and your dog are not alone, and you have other passengers, you need to know if your dog has developed a proper understanding for other people in your environment.

Lastly, but equally as important as any previous point, you need to know if your dog is comfortable spending time in your car, travelling, and being in different, unfamiliar places. You do not even want to scare your dog and force him or her into doing something they do not want to do.

The communication between you two has to be at a stage where it is very meaningful and understanding. Where you know your dog sees you as a role model, a leader, and a being he loves above all, and you have to return enough love and affection to him or her in order for the heartfelt communication to work. To put it bluntly, it is just like with other people.

If you don’t feel you are in that place by now, than it is probably not a good idea to take that step with your dog and travel. You must first develop communication, and we’ve previously recommended the rewarding method, and the lure training method.

If you are past beyond all that, next thing on the list of course is having a proper car camera for this occasion.

if you haven’t bought your cam with this intention in mind, but you already have one, you are going have to make due, but if you are planning on purchasing one, there are several things you could pay attention on when buying it.

IF you want to record your dog while on the road, have recordings and pictures of his training progress, or having beautiful memories of your fun time together you must pay attention on the following:

  • Audio/video quality
  • Memory capacity
  • Taking photos
  • Battery life
  • Durability
  • Dual camera

Recording your dogs training only for your own purposes may not require much video/audio quality, but if you want to capture some fun moments and possibly show them to others, than this can be important, if you don’t already have a dash cam go to this website as they have the best dash cams on the market in their list, you should be able to find what you need there.

The 1080p camera capability should be sufficient in most cases, but you should check the feedback a certain model has on its sound quality before purchasing it. You want the sound recording quality to be as high as possible.

Next up is your memory card capacity.

Memory card capacity is not a problem when using your car dash cam for its basic purpose, because of the overwriting feature, but when using it this way you may not have much material you want overwritten at all. You will probably end up with hours of good material you want to keep, and tons of photos too. This is why you have to have at least a 32GB memory card utilized, though a 64GB would be the safest choice. It varies from cam to cam, and from picture/video quality, but a 32GB memory card can store somewhere in between 4 and 8 hours of 1080p video, at 30 fps. This may sound it will be enough, but it all depends on for how long your trip lasts and how much footage you plan on keeping.

Not all car cameras can take stills, so you best inquire about this feature if you will be taking photos as well.

You also want to make sure your cam is fairly durable. Car dash cameras are not meant to move much, at least most of them aren’t, so you may want a more durable mid-range camera for this occasion.

Also, the car dashboard cameras are not meant to be unplugged for extended periods of time. Most car cameras can work only 10-20 minutes without a constant power source.

Recording your pet in your car during your trip will not be a problem, but for when you want to go out for a walk or a run with the dog, you may end up spending your entire battery life pretty quickly.

This is why you will want to pick a camera with as higher battery life as possible, and also look into alternative, portable power sources for it. Most shops or web sites will know what you need and how best to advise you on this matter. There are some portable spare batteries just for these occasions when you need to power a device outdoors and they are not even cumbersome or expensive.  Ask around and make a choice that is right for you.

If you decide to get a duo, front and rear cam, then you are in for a real treat. This will allow you to use your camera while on board and driving, have the rear cam recording inside your car for whatever you and your best friend are on about, and still have one (front one) doing the basic car camera purpose and keeping you safe.

If you are highly engaged in your dog’s training, as you should be, you will find recording his training sessions and behaviour while on the road very useful and interesting. You can mark his progress, take fun photos, and have funny videos of the two of you. Where ever you go, whatever you choose to do, using a car dash cam this way will surely bring you lots of fun, and it will also enrich the relationship between you and your dog immensely.


5 Tips on how you should train your Dog

Training your dog is a very important thing to do in helping and allowing your relationship to grow. Most people don’t like and don’t feel dog training is necessary because they mostly consider it to have something to do with animal cruelty.

This is wrong. Animal cruelty and violence is absolutely wrong, but so is thinking dog training has anything to do with it.


In fact, the best way to train your dog is via a method of rewarding its success in following your instructions, and simply withholding the reward if the dog fails to comply.

The punishment method is simply not sending the dog the right signals and its only making it confused and scared.
By using a reward method, you are able to send your dog clear messages about what is their desired behaviour and what is not.


Dogs are very fast on absorbing information. They are kind of like human children in that way.

So, you have got to be very fast and highly responsive in sending signals and messages. When you are teaching your dog a new trick or a command, as soon as it complies and does it right you are to react at the very same moment, rewarding them with a treat.


People often issue voice commands at their dogs, but this has little effect because there is little heartfelt communication, especially at the beginning of your relationship and getting to know each other period.

A good thing to start with is to use the reward system combined with your voice instructions.


You should use a certain recognizable sound device, such as a small plastic clipper, or a whistle is a very popular choice, but a clipper may be better for it raises less noise if you are training your dog outside.

After you have issued a voice command and coaxed your dog into doing it, at the same exact moment the dog succeeds in doing so, you are to click the clipper and reward the dog.

This way he is learning what that particular voice command means, what he needs to do, and he is also learning to follow it up immediately in order to get the reward.


The most important tip for training your dog is patience.

Adjust your mind set and be prepared to be very consistent. You must give your dog your undivided attention when spending time with him, especially during the first year of training.

The slower you go with teaching your dog, the faster your progress will be. Focus of getting rough drafts of things you are trying to teach your dogs. They don’t have to be perfect right from the start, in the first few weeks. Then use the next few months to polish up anything and build from there.

You must have unconditional love and infinite patience when training him or her. Dogs are human beings and have an estimated intellect level of a human child, 3-6 years old.

Anger and frustration are not to be unloaded on them, and they are not to be scared into obeying you, for this will only leave permanent scars and trauma in the dogs mind, and will only make the dog more violent in return, as well as emotionally unstable.

Punishment/violent methods are never to be used and they are entirely wrong. They do not work and achieve exactly the opposite from what you desire.

Having patience, love, and rewarding your dog for his good behaviour will take your relationship to a meaningful place.

Also, it is important to know you won’t have linear progress. Just because you have had a good training session with your dog, does not mean it will be as successful the next time. Like humans, dogs also need time to learn and process what is learned.

You are also not to blame your dog when he or she is making mistakes. If the dog is making too much mistakes, that means you are making too much mistakes.

Patience, understanding, and above all love.


5 Commands You Should Teach Your Dog

Teaching your dog commands makes your owner-pet relationship a lot closer and meaningful. While people generally like giving freedom to their dogs, feeding them and petting them, it is good to teach them a few tricks, especially the basics.

Having a dog trained in  basic politeness will ease your everyday life and your commitment to them and also make it easier when you two are out for a walk, or in other public places.

This goes especially for people who have ‘hyper’ dogs or big dogs, or both.

You need to be able to establish a connection between the two of you and teach the dog to pay attention to your commands and behaviour, as well as his own behaviour.

There are various methods people use in dog training, and probably the first things that pops in your mind is people who use violence and punishment in training.

This is absolutely wrong, because dogs are generally very intelligent beings. Some researches even estimate their intelligence in on a level of a human child, 3-6 years old.

A violent method will bring them nothing but pain and agony, and a lifetime of fear.

A much better and more successful way is to teach them to respond on a certain signal given by you, something very recognizable like a click sound from some sort of a clipper, and the other very important thing is to reward them every time they complete a command, and to withhold the reward and the click when they do not.


The basic thing is to teach your dog to pay attention on you and your signals, so you got to teach them to look at you right in the eyes and not to divert their attention to other outside influences.

This can be done by using a previously mentioned clipper sound and a small dog treat.

Remember, the dogs respond very well to exaggerated body language, even more than your voice.

So, you must lean in front, low up to the dogs face and point to your own eyes very clearly, following it up with a command for them to look you in the eye. Every time the dog looks at you, you are to click the clipper and give him the treat. This will establish a habit and an understanding that when the dog hears the clipper he is doing something right that is pleasing you and he is getting rewarded for it.

So, he will when trained always pay attention to you when called this way.


Dogs are fast at learning, contrary to what some may believe. They absorb so fast that, when training them, you need to be ready to reward them the very same moment they do something right, if you want to get the best effect out of your training. Everything must be fast passed.

The next thing you would want to teach your dog is to leave something alone when commanded to. Doesn’t matter that it is: food, toys, furniture, something dirty, etc…

You will do this by dropping a piece of meat on the ground. The first instinct of your dog is of course going to be to eat it. So, the same second you drop it on the ground in front of your dog, you are to cover the piece of meat with your hand, before the dog gets it. You are to wait then, until the dog sniffs the surrounding area, and when he eventually turns its head away, you will again use the clipper and make a click. Then you are going to pick up that same piece of meat and give it to your dog.


The most common point of dog training is to be able to coax your dog into a certain position.

This can easily be achieved by taking a treat in your hand and pulling it closer to the dog’s mouth, but not giving it to him right away but keeping your fingers closed and slowly pushing his head backwards until the dog sits down. At the precise moment the dog sits, you will say ‘sit’ very clearly, click the clipper and give him the treat.


The same method is to be applied to when you want your dog to lie down. The biggest mistake most people make is that they put the treat (reward) to the ground and hold it there hoping the dog will lie down. They will go for it fast, but they will not necessarily lie down as they will not understand what is asked of them to do. What you should do is again put the treat in your hand close to their mouth, and slowly lure them down until they lie down on their belly. You will say ‘lie down’ as you do this. At the same exact moment the dog lies you are to click the clipper.

If the dog doesn’t lie down at first try, but keeps trying, you should reward them when they are close to reaching your goal and show effort.
After the dog lies down and you click the clipper, you will give them the treat, of course.


After the dog sits or lies down, you are naturally going to need them to stand up. The wrong method is to pull the leash up hoping the dog will follow. Remember, using force and pain is wrong.

You are to use the lure method again, pull the treat to the dog’s mouth and slowly lift it up until the dog follows. You will say ‘up’ as you are doing this.
At the same exact moment the dog sits up, you will click the clipper and give him the treat.

Remember, lure training is not a substitute for a meaningful communication with your dog, but it is a starting point in teaching him good manners and allowing room for your relationship to grow.