• Puppies love games such as hide and seek! Hide, then call your pup’s name so she can try to find you.
  • Dogs can learn more than 1000 words.
  • Big happy “helicopter” tail wagging is one sign of a really nice dog
  • Upright, stiff, rapid tail movement is not wagging or “friendly” but indicates a dog who’s rather excited and focused.
  • Puppies grow to half their body weight in the first four to five months!
  • Puppies then take a year or more to gain the other half of their body weight.
  • Puppies can sleep 18 to 20 hours a day during that rapid body growth phase.
  • Dogs sometimes appear to smile –much like humans–with open mouth grinning. This may indicate a relaxed,submissive state.
  • Tired puppies get cranky just like little kids. If you have a fussy puppy, try nap time.
  • The fastest breed, the Greyhound, can run up to 44 miles per hour.
  • Dogs may not have as many taste buds as we do (they have about 1,700 on their tongues,
  • while we humans have about 9,000), but that doesn’t mean they’re not discriminating eaters.
  • They have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses (we have only 5 million) so it’s important that their food smells good and tastes good.
  • It was recently discovered that dogs do see in color, just not as vivid as we see.
  • When a puppy is born, he is blind, deaf, and toothless.
  • Dogs are capable of locating the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second by using their swiveling ears like radar dishes.
  • The average dog lives 10 to 14 years.
  • Puppies have 28 teeth and adult dogs have 42.
  • The best age to bring a puppy home is 8 to 12 weeks.
  • New puppies have heat sensors in their noses to help find their moms while their eyes and ears are closed.
  • A dog’s sense of smell is reduced by up to 40 percent when he’s overheated and panting.
  • Service dogs are recognized in the U.S. as “necessary medical equipment.”