10 Amazing Dog Facts That You Might Not Know


August 25, 2014
Sandor Fagyal

1. Puppies can not control their bladders overnight until they are at least four months old.

No matter how early you start training your puppy, nature and biology always have the last laugh. Most puppies, no matter how well trained, cannot control their bladders overnight until they reach the age of 4 months. Their bladders simply are not big enough and the surrounding muscles are not strong enough to enable them to hold their waters overnight.

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2. Dogs are omnivorous. They need more than just meat to flourish.

One of the most controversial of these amazing dog facts challenges our assumptions about dogs’ diets. As much as dogs love a juicy piece of meat, dogs are actually just like us: they’re omnivores. The healthiest dogs will have a mixed diet that includes some vegetables and starch as well as pure protein. Dogs do have a carnivorous bent in that they generally prefer eating meat, but you should make sure that you feed your dog at least a small portion of food like boiled carrots or pumpkin to give them the best well-rounded diet.

3. People with more than one dog shouldn’t try to treat them all as equals.

If you own multiple dogs, it is likely that they have established a hierarchy within their pack that keeps everybody in line. As tempting as it is to favor or encourage a dog that is more submissive or shy than the others, this should actually be avoided. Dogs work best within these hierarchies, and trying to make a submissive dog more outgoing can make the submissive dog anxious and the more boisterous dogs jealous and resentful. This is one of the amazing dog facts that pet lovers everywhere should bookmark!

4. Dogs chew up your slippers because it smells like you.

The next time you find your dog snacking on your slippers, you might want to bear in mind this entry on amazing dog facts, as your dog is actually doing this to be close to you! Whilst chewing is usually a sign of bad behavior, dogs chewing on clothing items like slippers are often actually trying to release the smell of their owner, which they often find comforting.

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5. Dogs can smell sickness

We all know that dogs have an acute sense of smell, but many do not realize that a dog’s senses are so fine tuned that they can literally smell sickness and disease. A dog can smell the changes in organic compounds and hormones that humans give off when they are ill (or about to become ill). This is why some dogs can sense an epileptic attack before it happens or know if a diabetic is dangerous low on sugar.

6. The average one-year-old dog is physically as mature as a 15 year-old human…

What some do not know is that the aging of a dog is linked to their breed and size. Overall, large dogs generally do not live as long, but paradoxically, they can also mature later as well. However, in general, a one-year-old dog is on the brink of maturity similar to a 15 year-old human.

Related article: The Truth Revealed About Your Dog’s Real Age!

7. …But the average dog has the same mental age as a two-year old human

People often refer to dogs as babies, and in reality that is a pretty accurate epithet. According to one study, the average dog can understand about 165 words and signals, and even do simple counting and calculations. That mentally puts them at about the mental age of a human two-year old.

8. Dogs have incredibly accurate internal clocks

If your dog wakes you up at the same time everyday and is waiting for you at the door when you get home, it’s not just that your dog is well-trained: dogs have incredible internal clocks and thrive in well-scheduled and routine environments. Dogs can quickly pick up on what time the milkman comes, what time you leave for work, and what time they are likely to be fed. This one of the amazing dog facts can work to your advantage as dogs, being creatures of habit, can get into a good feeding and sleeping schedule quicker than many pets. However, they don’t like to have their routines disturbed.

9. Dogs can see in color

It’s a well-tread myth that dogs are colorblind, but one of the amazing dogs facts is that dogs can actually see color—although still not as well as humans. Dogs have fewer color-detecting ‘cones’ in their eyes than humans, so their range of color is more limited: typically, dogs can see various shades of blue, green, brown and grey. Dogs lack the cone for interpreting red, so this is color they often struggle most with.

10. The most useful of our amazing dog facts: Dirty dogs keep babies healthy

If you have ever worried about having your dog and baby play together because of germs, then fear not: babies who play with dogs actually tend to be healthier than those who grow-up in non-dog households. Babies who play with dogs interact with more germs and dirt, and therefore have strong immune systems and therefore get sick less!

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Socializing Your Puppy: How to Ensure Your Puppy Grows Up to Be a Happy and Playful Dog


August 21, 2014
Sandor Fagyal

Many prospective dog owners worry about how to ensure their young puppies grow up to be happy dogs with good temperaments. However, the answer to that worry is deceptively simple: socialization. A well-socialized puppy almost always grows up to be a loving dog, as dogs generally do not fear or dislike experiences they encountered in their first three months of life. If a puppy has experienced meeting other dogs, humans, children and other kinds of pets before they reach the age of 12 weeks, they will generally react well to meeting other dogs and humans later in life.

Choosing the Right Puppy Breeder

Puppies are most alert to socialization cues between the ages of 3-12 weeks. As most puppies leave their mothers and breeders at 8 weeks of age, a significant proportion of their socialization happens before you even meet your future pet. A poor dog breeder therefore almost guarantees an aggressive or fearful puppy, as a poor dog breeder may not give enough attention to properly socializing your puppy in those important early weeks.

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You might think the answer is taking a puppy home when they are very young, so as to ensure their first weeks are as sociable and happy as possible. Unfortunately, almost every authority recommends that puppies do not leave their mothers before 8 weeks of age. Why? Here are just a few facts that you may not know about very young puppies:

  • At birth puppies are deaf, blind, and have almost no sense of smell. They stay near their mother and siblings because of the warmth.
  • Puppy’s eyes do not open until they are 10 to 15 days old. Their vision is usually not complete until they are about 4 weeks old.
  • Puppies should remain with their mother until they are at least eight weeks old. During this time, she will teach them not to bite, and how to get along with other dogs.

In short, you need to ensure that your puppy came from a good breeder and was well socialized between weeks 3-8 of their life. Puppies who are alert and social able at 8 weeks when they are introduced to their new family can almost always be further moulded into excellent pets.

Introducing Your Puppy to the World

Puppies are generally naturally inquisitive and playful, so those early weeks are the best time to introduce them to new things and experiences. After 12 weeks, a dog may fear types of people or experiences to which they have not already been introduced. Week-by-week after that 12 weeks cut-off point, it becomes progressively harder to socialize a puppy. Therefore key socialization should happen before that 12 week mark. For example, if you have children (or you plan to have them in the future), it is advisable you introduce your puppy to children as soon as possible — especially if your puppy breeder did not introduce your puppy to babies or children before week 8.

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A great way to socialize your puppy and get him/her used to new humans and dogs alike are puppy kindergartens, socialization classes that give puppies the opportunity to play with other young puppies and their owners. Such classes are highly recommended by authorities such as ASPCA and they go a long way to preventing the all-to familiar scene of dogs growling at other dogs or humans in the street. One caveat to this is vaccinations: a puppy should at least have had their first set of vaccinations before coming into contact with other dogs.

Choosing an Older Dog

Because of all the dangers listed above, many people are wary of taking in an older dog and some even say that dogs older than 3 months will not be able to adjust to a new family. This is simply NOT true. As long as a dog was well socialized in their first three months of life, they should quite easily adjust to new surroundings or a new family given time. In other words, a 4 months old dog or even a year old dog will adjust to your family and make a great companion if he was a loved and cared-for dog in his past home or since his birth.

In all, introducing your puppy to new people, pets and experiences in the first 3 months of his or her life is crucial to ensuring they are not fearful or aggressive dogs in the future. A puppy who has played with other dogs and been handled by a variety of people and children will usually turn out to be a happy, confident and loving pet.

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Mongolia With Love!!


January 23, 2014
steve

A Hungarian Breed, the Komondor, is on his way with new happy owner Agar to Mongolia; another first for the Euro Puppy family.

Have a happy flight and life together.

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NEW AGENTS IN UAE!!!


January 21, 2014
steve

New Agents ‘Move One Relocations’ deliver first shipment of many to their new owners in UAE  on evening of 17th January 2014!!!

Diego with New Family.

Zoe (aka) Cuba Libre  with her new family.

Thank you ‘One Move’ for a great service to Euro Puppy and our valued customers in UAE.

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From Hungary to Austrialia With Love


December 19, 2013
steve

Yes Euro Puppy sent Havard a Bernese Mountain Dog from Hungary to its new owners Rob & Joyce in Austrailia.

He arrived safely after a long, but uneventful journey, from temperatures of 3c, to that over 40c, but they are looking after him well with automatic water spays to keep him cool.

 

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Puppy Delivery 6th December – Austrian/Italian Border


December 7, 2013
steve

3 new customers collected their pups ready for Christmas on Friday 6th December.

Michael & wife from San Quirino, Italy with ‘Cherry’ their Beagle.

 

Donald and family with Damien an English Bulldog from Vicenza, Italy.

Joseph & Colleen with their 2 Husky’s  Mika & Callie from Sacile, Italy.

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