Splash and Dash for Dogs:10 Scientific Facts about Dogs

Splash and Dash for Dogs brings you 10 scientific facts outlined in YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE’s video, The Science of DOGS. AsapSCIENCE posts videos ranging in all kinds of interesting discoveries like The Pizza Equation, but this one is strictly for the dog lovers. While the narrator comments, the video has visuals of hands drawing diagrams which help explain everything. Splash and Dash has broken down the ten facts provided by AsapScience and we hope you enjoy!


1.Dog’s Can Get You Dates

Studies show that men with a dog by his side are 3 times more likely to get a girl’s phone number than a guy without a dog.  


2. Dogs Respond to Human Sounds

When a dog hears a human laugh or cry the same brain response humans have is triggered in a dog’s mind. If you cry out in pain, your dog knows, and this is why dogs seem so responsive to human needs.


3. Why Do Dogs Sleep in a Ball?

Dogs curl into a ball when they’re sleeping not only to be cute, but as a natural defense mechanism to predators. When in the fetal position, a dog conserves body heat and protects their vital organs along the abdomen. Usually, a dog feels most secure when in this position.


4. Dogs Sleeping with Owner’s Clothes is a Good Thing

Dog’s will sometimes gather clothing of their owners and sleep or play with the clothing because of the owner’s scent. This interaction with the clothing has been proved to help with separation anxiety when owners are not home. It decreases stress and anxiety for dogs who are accustomed to pack behavior.


5. Just How Smart is my Dog, Really?

Most animal psychologist are in concurrence that most dogs have the average intelligence of a 2-year-old human being. Meaning they can recognize around 150 words, count to give, and are capable of simple spatial problems like finding what treat is in which cup. Dogs will also be able to find the fastest route to a place they visit frequently like the dog park, and even figure out to open latches.


6. Dogs are Not Actually Colorblind

Humans have 3 color receptors while dogs only have 2. The 2 receptors allow dogs to interpret the colors black, white, blue, and yellow. They cannot however see red or green, and interpret these colors as grey.


7. Dog Breed Statistics

Out of the 75 million dogs in America, the most popular breed are labradors, and the most intelligent breeds are Border Collies, Poodles, and German Shepherds.


8. Can Dogs Save Lives?

Dogs can detect the presence of cancer, low blood-sugar, and seizures. A study shows that 30 of 33 cases of prostate cancer were found by dog’s sniffing samples of urine. Dog’s can detect variations of volatile organic compounds making them able to literally smell maladies in the body.


9. How Good is a Dog’s Nose?

Depending upon the breed a dog’s nose can be anywhere from 10 thousand to 10 million times stronger than a human’s nose. A secretion from the nose captures scent chemicals in a thin layer of mucus on the tips of their nose allowing them to smell. Smelling and breathing are not the same function for dogs. The Alar fold separates airflow in the nose, and depending on the position of the fold, determines whether a dog is breathing or smelling.


10. Dog is Man’s Best Friend

Studies show that the same brain response of care and love triggers in human brains for their dogs as their own children. We really do love our dogs!

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