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Pup Behaviours Decoded!

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Wagging his tail, chasing his tail, licking his nose…what is he really feeling or maybe trying to tell you?

Thanks to pet expert Christian Wolb, from Hopi Animal Hospital, we are excited to share a list of neat facts for you may not know about your pup.

1. When your dog chases his/her tail, he might need help from the vet.
A wide variety of reasons clarify why dogs chase their tail: exercise, predatory instinct, discomfort or presence of fleas. Nevertheless, to talk with your vet is the safest and surest approach to get the actual reason why your dog keeps chasing his/her tail.

2. Dogs dream while asleep.
Do not be shocked if you see your dog barking or moving his/her feet while asleep. He/she may have been chasing his/her dearest at the park in his/her dream. Humans and dogs share the same SWS (slow wave sleep) as well as REM (rapid eye movement) while asleep. So let him/her experience the moment to savor twitching while the eyes are closed.

3. They have night vision.
Do you know how dogs can freely move in the dark? How did they even get robbers trying to steal your valuables when it’s dark? Well, dogs have tapetum lucidum, which gives them the ability them to see even when it’s dark.

4. If he/she is acting comical, go find your umbrella.
Although scientists have not yet found the mystery behind this, but according to some, dogs can determine the weather especially when it’s going to rain. So, the next time you discover your dog acting funny, go get the umbrella straight away. Besides, it pays to be all set at all cost.

5. Dogs don’t sweat like we do.
Dogs do not sweat everywhere. As a matter of fact, they only sweat on their pads. When you find that their paw pads are sweating, you get the notion that the area is a bit warm for them to reside.

6. Your dog’s nose is wet because he/she is absorbing scent.
Popularly known to be the captain of scent, dogs secrete a mucous on their nose to help them recognize the scent (more accurately than we do). When their noses get wet, they would lick them to sample the scent they have gathered with their mouth.

7. They are the chief of scent.
Dogs can smell 100,000 times more accurate than their owners.  This explains why when you leave your cookies unattended; you would be left with nothing but the food container.

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