dog facts for kidsDogs really are man’s best friend, whether it’s as a loving family pet, a loyal companion or a hard worker – you won’t find a better domestic animal to make your family complete. If you’re thinking of getting a new puppy for your home, check out this course and everything you need to do to set-up your house before you do.

The most important thing is to make sure your dog is polite, and well behaved, and to do so you need to start training them as soon as you get them home. If you’ve never owned a dog before learn from this recent post what it takes to potty train your newest family member, or take this course and make your puppy the most polite on the entire block.

To get your kids excited, here are 40 fun facts about dogs that will stave their appetite for knowledge, and get them eager to welcome the new pet into the family

  1. There are hundreds of different breeds of dogs, and around 400 million dogs in the world.
  2. The most popular breed of dog is the Labrador, with their gentle nature, intelligence and obedience they make for excellent pets and reliable workers. They often work as guide dogs.
  3. Dogs have much better smell than humans, and can detect different odors nearly 100 million times lower than humans can.
  4. Dogs hearing is also much better, and they can hear sounds four times further away than humans.
  5. An average dog will live to between 10 and 14 years of age.
  6. Dogs are omnivores, which means they feed on a wide variety of foods including meat, vegetables and grains.
  7. There are 18 different muscles that dogs use to move each one of their ears.
  8. Dogs release sweat through the pads of their feet.
  9. Apart from barking, growling and whining, dogs use their ears and facial expression to communicate what they are feeling.
  10. Puppies are born blind, without teeth and the ability to hear. Their eyes only open at around 10 to 14 days old, and their hearing will start after this. Their teeth start coming through at 6 weeks.
  11. During the first week of a dog’s life, 90% of their time is spent sleeping, and 10% is spent eating.
  12. Puppies are considered adults when they are one year old.
  13. The domestic dog is a descendant of the grey wolf, in a process that took around 100,000 years.
  14. The nickname “man’s best friend” is believed to have come from a courtroom speech in Missouri America in 1870 where a farmer was suing his neighbor who shot his dog.
  15. The very first animal to go into space was a dog, a Russian dog named Laika who travelled in the spacecraft Sputnik around the earth in 1957.
  16. Some dogs change colors as they grow, like Dalmatians which are born white and then develop black spots as they mature. Airedales are similar, born completely black they will grow grey, black and tan fur as they get older.
  17. To many dogs showing a smile (baring your teeth) is an act of aggression. Most dogs don’t smile with their mouths like people do, but show happiness and excitement by wagging their tails.
  18. A dog’s vision is not as good as a humans, and they are much better at seeing moving objects rather than those standing still. If you’re 300 yards away from your dog they will be unable to see you, until you wave your arms or move around.
  19. Small dogs are often called toy dogs, or lap dogs – because they’re so small they look like a toy, or can easily fit on your lap.
  20. There is a hunting dog that comes from Africa that cannot bark, it is the only dog like this and the sound is makes is commonly known as ‘barroo’.
  21. The largest breed of dog in the world is the Irish Wolfhound, and the smallest dog breed is the Chihuahua. St. Bernard’s are the heaviest breed of dogs.
  22. The fastest dog on earth can reach speeds of 45 miles an hour, and is the Greyhound.
  23. The oldest dog who ever lived was a cattle dog from Australia called Bluey who lived to be 29 years and 5 months old. In human terms that makes him over 160 years old!
  24. Dogs cannot eat raisins, grapes, onion, chocolate or garlic because it makes them very sick.
  25. The first thing you should teach your dog is how to ‘sit’.
  26. When your dog goes to sleep you notice he turns in a circle a few times, this is an instinct from when they were a wild dog, as they did this to pat down the grass before they slept. Despite thousands of years, they still have this instinct.
  27. If your puppy takes something you don’t want them to have, don’t chase them. Instead make it a game where they chase you (and you run away) and you’ll have the item back in no time.
  28. Dogs see much better than humans at night because they have a special light reflecting layer behind their eyes.
  29. Dogs hearts beat much faster than ours, between 10-120 beats a minute while humans are 70-80.
  30. The world record for the heaviest dog ever recorded was set in 1989, an Old English Mastiff that weighed 343 pounds and was 8 feet 3 inches long.
  31. The rock star Ozzy Osborne rescued his wife’s Pomeranian from a coyote by wrestling the coyote until it released the dog.
  32. The most dogs ever owned by a single person was 5,000 Mastiffs which were owned by Kubla Khan.
  33. The weirdest law about dogs is that in Paulding, Ohio police officers are allowed to bite a dog to get it to be quiet.
  34. In Iran, it is against the law to own a dog as a pet, you need to be able to prove they are a guard or hunting dog.
  35. There are cave paintings of dogs in Spain in Europe that are over 12,000 years old.
  36. Even the presidents love their dogs, and President Franklin Roosevelt sent a destroyer to the Aleutian Islands just to get his dog Fala, who had been left behind.
  37. A dog’s nose print is unique, and similar to human fingerprints that no two are the same.
  38. Bloodhound dogs have the best sense of smell of all dogs, and have been used to track down criminals since the middle ages.
  39. The Beagle and the Border Collie are the dogs that bark the most.
  40. A survey found that 33% of dog owners talk to their dogs on the phone when they are away, or leave messages on the answering machine.

Choosing to get a puppy is a big decision, so make sure you train them right once you get them home. Clicker training works really well, and this course is a great guide in getting them obedient – fast.  Your children will love being able to play and spend time with your dog, and having one around the house can be an important learning tool for children. Don’t forget the importance of getting your dog out for a daily walk, if yours is a nightmare on the leash this course will teach you everything you need to know to have them walking politely.

Get your kids excited about the new dog coming home, and share these facts with them so they can both learn, and pass on the knowledge to their friends.

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