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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Dogs

All animals in the animal kingdom are special and unique in their own ways; however, everyone knows man’s best friend is ultimately the dog. With their incredibly intelligent characteristics and their humorous antics, it’s impossible to not love the furry canines. Dogs are so much more than just a companion. In fact, there are a considerable amount of things that make dogs unique within the animal kingdom. Check out these 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Dogs, and share your favorite fact from the list with dog lovers everywhere!

#1 Petting your dog can lower your blood pressure

Research shows that by petting a dog you help to lower your blood pressure. Petting a dog is so calming and peaceful, that it actually releases more of your relaxation hormones. Not only is there an increase in your relaxation hormones, but there is also a decrease in your stress hormones. Not to mention that all dogs love being petted, so it benefits them as well.

#2 Dogs are guiltless

Regardless of how it appears, your dog does not feel guilt. According to Barnard College researcher Alexandra Horowitz, the “guilty look” your dog gives you has more to do with your perception than his intention.

#3 Dogs can get the hiccups

Dogs, like humans, can get hiccups from eating or drinking too fast due to swallowing a large volume of air. Feelings of anxiety, fear, stress, and even excitement can also trigger hiccups for dogs. Some experts believe that the hiccups can actually relieve the gases that can build up in a dog’s stomach, benefiting them in the long run.

#4 Biblical dog

While all dog breeds are individually special, the Greyhound is particularly unique as it is the only dog named by name in the entire Bible. In some translations of Proverbs 30:31, scholars translate the verse to read, “the greyhound, the male goat also; and the king against whom there is no rising up.”

#5 The mystery of the chase-the-tail madness

Ever wonder why your pup chases his tail? There’s actually a good reason to that seemingly pointless habit. The circular motion flattens tall grass in the wild and turns it into a cozy bed for them. However, if you’re not outside the furry little pup may be chasing his tail because of mere fascination in discovering a new body part!

#6 Heirs and heiresses

In the United States, around 1 million dogs are primary beneficiaries of their owner’s will. This isn’t difficult to believe since dogs are one of the most loyal companions you can acquire, and many owners consider them to be a genuine member of their family. The largest inheritance recorded to have been left to a dog was a lucky little German Shepherd named Gunther III. His owner left him an astounding amount of 80 million! That’s a lot of dog treats.

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