10 Fun Questions About Dogs Answered

1. Are some dog breeds friendlier than others?

The certain dog breeds have genetic predispositions that guide their behavior. Golden retrievers, beagles and English bulldogs are well-known for their affiliative (friendly) behavior. However, there’s a popular myth that your dog is 100% pure-bred. If you want to truly understand your dog’s behavior, you should do a DNA test. It may show that your retriever is a 50% German shepherd. Knowing this can be helpful not only to better understand your pet’s temperament. It will also become handy for its treatment and prevention.

2. Why do dogs’ paws smell like corn chips?

Dogs sweat through their paw pads. And their sweat becomes a fertile ground for numerous bacteria and microbes. Sometimes it’s a hygiene issue, sometimes it’s not. Bacteria called Proteus and Pseudomonas live on the dogs’ skin and may cause this. You shouldn’t worry unless the smell becomes strong because it’s natural for dogs of all breeds.

3. Is it okay to only feed your dog dry food?

Dry dog kibble is totally fine if your dog does not have any contraindications to it. Dry food is not recommended for dogs with urinary tract issues, chronic and acute renal failure or age-related changes such as dental problems or loss of appetite. The kibble is totally fine for healthy dogs – just make sure that it’s well-balanced and meets the nutritional needs of your pet. On the other hand, feeding canned food only may lead to gingivitis and periodontitis in your dog.

4. Do dogs have a dominant paw?

Numerous experiments show that most of the dogs have a dominant paw. Just like humans, most of the dogs are right-handed which correlates to the dominant part of their brains. This knowledge may be applied to make the training process more effective.

5. Can dogs cry tears when they’re upset?

We love to anthropomorphize the behavior of our dogs because it takes our relationships to the next level. The harsh truth is that humans are the only animals on Earth who cry tears when sad – we get rid of stress hormones this way. Yes, your dog can cry tears as a result of infection, damage or allergy. But they express their sadness differently: they whimper instead of crying tears. Whimpering is the best way to say ‘in dog language’ that a dog feels bad or in pain.

6. Does getting a dog neutered/spayed change their personality?

I’m asked this question at least twice a day. The dogs become emotionally mature during the first year of their life. Most of the dogs in our clinic are sprayed/neutered after they reached the age of 8-15 months. Hence the procedure can’t make a big difference. And even if you neuter your dog earlier, this won’t have a significant impact on its personality.

The only exception is aggression in male dogs. Neutered male dogs can become less aggressive because of decreased testosterone productions. But still, the main reason of aggression are genetic predispositions and poor training/socializing.

You can influence on your pet’s emotional development by providing the secure, safe and friendly environment. You should invest your time into training and socializing your pet if you want it to have a good personality.

7. Can a dog be left-handed or right-handed?

There is no scientific evidence that dogs can be left- or right-handed. However, some dog owners claim that their pets show a preference for using one paw over the other.

It’s likely that this isn’t an innate trait, but rather something that develops based on the individual dog’s experiences. For example, a dog that frequently uses its left paw to perform tasks may develop a preference for that paw.

8. Do dogs dream?

Yes, dogs do dream. They likely don’t have the same types of dreams as humans, but they do go through a sleep cycle that includes REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. During this stage of sleep, dogs’ brains are active and they may experience dreams.

9. Can a dog see color?

Contrary to popular belief, dogs can see color. However, their color vision is not as robust as ours. Dogs are thought to be dichromats, meaning they can only see two colors (blue and yellow). Some research suggests that dogs may also be able to see shades of gray.

10. Do all dogs have wet noses?

No, not all dogs have wet noses. A dog’s nose may be wet for a variety of reasons, including humidity, heat, activity level, and health. If a dog’s nose is dry and crusty, it may be a sign of an underlying health issue and should be examined by a veterinarian.

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