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Do Dogs Have Emotions?

Dogs do have emotions. It is generally accepted that basic emotions – anger, fear, and happiness – are experienced by all mammals including dogs. This is easily verified by checking for the presence of particular neural structures within the brain. From an evolutionary perspective, these emotions help in the survival and propagation of a species. […]

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How Many Words Can A Dog Learn?

Trained dogs can learn up to 165 words. Beyond basic words which could be learned even as puppies such as sit, stay, and lie down, you can teach your dogs more words with some training. Association is a useful tool when teaching new words. Dogs learn faster when the object you are identifying is in […]

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How Do Dogs Show Affection?

Dogs are very expressive of their affection toward their owners. A dog’s face shows a lot. Much like people, dogs’ facial expressions convey their emotional state so it’s easy to see that they’re showing their affection through their eyes and the way they smile or grin. Dogs also show their feelings through a variety of […]

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Can Dogs Watch TV?

Before you answer this question, check your TV set.  Televisions with a higher resolution show more frames per second and thus display a closer to life image.  If you find your dog watching television more intently, it’s likely he is able to see the images more clearly than on older sets.  Dogs have excellent vision and thus […]

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Can Dogs Talk?

Many a dog-owner will swear up and down that the understanding they have with their pet dog carries into conversation. Countless humorous videos can be found online in support of the theory that the mildly intelligible sounds dogs produce in response to their owners is talking. To call this talking is to assume dogs have adopted human […]

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Can Dogs Smell Cancer?

It’s no secret that dogs have a powerful sense of smell.  While their exceptional vision helps them navigate the world from day to night, their heightened sense of smell brings it all to life.  Smelling is essentially how dogs see the world. This exceptional ability has been harnessed by humans for a variety of uses throughout […]

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Can Dogs Sense Sadness?

Studies have shown that dogs are more likely to go up to a person who is crying than one who is displaying more ‘upbeat’ behaviours like humming. It is a fair assumption that some of this behavior may be attributed to conditioning, where dogs receive rewards from their owners when they offer comfort.  However, a dog’s […]

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Can Dogs See in the Dark?

Can dogs see in the dark? Pupils, Rods and the Tapetum Lucidum. These three impressive sight modifications give dogs the advantage over humans when the lights go out.  Ever gotten lost in the deep, soulful pools of your puppy dog’s eyes?  The irresistible cuteness is attributed to larger than average pupils.  This allows more light to enter the dog’s […]

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Can Dogs See at Night?

Can dogs see at night? Yes, dogs, like most animals can see at night, but to what degree? Keeping in mind that dogs are essentially descended from wolves, it’s logical to assume they would have rather efficient night vision, certainly better than humans.  This improved night vision is largely due to a larger pupil that allows more light […]

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Are German Shepherds Good Family Dogs?

Are German Shepherds good family dogs? Depending on the size and age of your family and home, a German Shepherd may be the ideal addition.  German Shepherds have a reputation for being good guard dogs, intelligent and easily trained.  Having been developed for training with the police force and also as guide dogs for the blind, they […]

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