It’s no secret that dogs are pretty amazing animals. Our furry friends are loving pets, guarders of our homes and perfect companions. Not only are our pooches fun and playful – they’re also pretty talented. Here are five interesting things that you may not have known that dogs were able to accomplish.
1) Basic Math (What?)
I kid you not – researchers have found that the average dog can understand as many as 250 different words and gestures that we teach them. It doesn’t end there – our genius canines are even capable of counting to five! They’re also able to do some simple mathematical equations (but don’t trust your dog to do your homework – he may eat it, after all). Some of the smartest breeds of dogs include Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, and some of the less bright dogs are Terriers and Hounds. Overall, dogs are said to have the intelligence level of an average two-year-old child.
2) Go To The Bathroom on Demand
Don’t we all wish that our dogs knew how to do this? Turns out, they’re totally capable of learning to. Seeing Eye dogs are trained to only go to the bathroom when they’re told and have learned to follow specific cues from their trainers. When it’s time for number two, dogs stand differently so handlers know when the pooper scooper is necessary.
3) Sniff For Bed Bugs
Let’s be honest – you definitely don’t want bed bugs in your home. The good news is that doggies can detect them! Unfortunately, your family pup will probably not be able to do this himself, so you’d have to bring in some professionals. Apparently, dogs are better at this than humans – canines are 96% accurate in finding these little pests and humans are only 25% accurate. Leave it to the dogs!
4) Smell Cancer
Dogs definitely have superior noses. Not only can they sniff bed bugs, but they can sniff cancer, too. They’re pretty accurate, actually – pooches can detect early stage cancer with 88% specificity and 99% sensitivity. This shouldn’t come as that huge of a surprise though, considering that a dog’s sense of smell is thousands times stronger than that of a human’s.
5) See In Color
Yep! That old rumor that dogs only see in black and white is simply that – a rumor. Dogs can, in fact, see in color; just not as well as humans can. Dogs see the world in different shades of yellow, blue and gray. Your dog may not see as beautiful of a rainbow as you do, but he can see something!
Don’t sell your dog short – he’s capable of more than you ever knew!