Dogs are the most popular pet worldwide - so it's important for any animal lover to understand our four-legged friends as much as possible. Once you understand their behavior, you can take it a step further and work with dogs on a professional level. Do you want to train puppies, become a recognized breeder or tame wild haircuts as a dog groomer? Or are you a dog owner trying to get closer to your furry roommate? These courses will teach you everything you need to know about the canine world:
Each of these courses will give you essential, job-ready knowledge and skills and prepare you for a career in Animal Care. With that said, there are countless interesting dog facts to discover our there. Let's go over a few of them:
1. Dalmatians can "smile" and show their upper teeth. They imitate their owner's smile as a sign of respect or enthusiasm, but the gesture is sometimes mistaken for aggression. Additionally, dalmatians are born completely white and only develop their signature spotted coat later.
2. The Border Collie and the Poodle are the smartest breeds in the dog kingdom. Basenjis, on the other hand, didn't exactly have a front-row seat on the day wits were being handed out. They can't even bark, so they make a yodeling sound when they want attention.
3. At the end of the Beetles song "A Day In The Life", a high-pitched whistle can be heard - but only by dogs. It was Paul McCartney's idea. Dog ears are much more developed than human ones, and pick up tones up to 50,000 hertz, whereas we can only hear up to 20,000 hertz.
4. The greyhound is the fastest dog species and can reach speeds of up to 72 km/h. This aerodynamic breen would even beat a cheetah in a long-distance race. Cheetahs, however, are better sprinters.
5. 78% of dog owners give their canine pal a Christmas gift, compared to 72% of cat owners. In addition, 4 out of 5 owners put their dog's name on any postcards they send. Dogs really are part of the family!
6. All dogs have a pink tongue - except for the Chow Chow and Shar-Pei. Theirs turns a black-blue color 8-10 weeks after birth. Giraffes and polar bears also have darker tongues.
7. Spiked collars are an invention from ancient Greece. Dogs back then had to guard livestock and protect it from wolves. When in a fight, a wolf immediately goes for the neck and for the kill. Thanks to the protective collar, covered in sharp spikes, the wolf would be forced to release its grip, saving the dog - and the herd.
8. Dogs aren't completely color blind. They see different shades of blue, yellow, gray and white. Their eyes are also great at seeing in the dark. They can also rely on excellent hearing and a fantastic sense of smell.