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Dog and Cat Owners… Who’s Smarter?

Ready for a quick personality test? It’s only three questions and, surprisingly, they are all related.  Okay, here we go.

Question #1: Do you prefer licking or purring?
Question #2: Do you prefer barking or meowing?
Question #3: Do you prefer watching a movie or reading a book?

Chances are, if you prefer purring and meowing, you also prefer reading – and if you prefer licking and barking, you also prefer watching movies.  Why?  Well, research shows that cat owners are generally more scholarly, educated, and intelligent than dog owners.

Don’t take my word for it (although dog owners may have been satisfied to do just that…).  The research speaks for itself. In 2007, a group of colleagues from the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at Bristol University in Bristol, UK conducted telephone surveys to discover pet-owner characteristics.  This study found that, in 2006, there were approximately 10.3 million cats and 10.5 million dogs in UK homes.  Furthermore, they examined the characteristics of these pet owners.  Of all of the characteristics examined, one of the most striking differences is that cat owners are more likely to have a college degree than dog owners.

Dr. Jane Murray, one of the researchers in the UK group, said she is unsure as to why education plays a role in pet ownership.  She explains, “It is unlikely to be related to household income as this variable was not shown to be significant but it could be related to household members with longer working hours having less time available to care for a dog.”

Is pet ownership determined by lifestyle (as Dr. Murray guesses) or intelligence (as the study suggests?) Let’s see what others have had to say.

A more recent article, published in January of 2010 at The University of Texas at Austin, agrees with the UK findings that there is a significant difference between people who own cats and those who own dogs.  The Texas group surveyed 4,565 individuals about their pet and personality preferences.  According to this research, dog owners are more extraverted, more agreeable, and more conscientious; cat owners are more neurotic and more open.

For the dog owners who need the extra help and the cat owners who are just intellectually curious, I will translate these results for you.  Dog owners are more extraverted (more likely to spend time partying rather than studying), more agreeable (more susceptible to peer pressure), and more conscientious (more concerned about what others think of them).  Cat owners, on the other hand, are more neurotic (haunted by the possibility of receiving poor grades) and more open (willing to embrace the liberal views of academia).

Of course no test is air tight and there are always outliers.  You may feel like you are an exception to the pet owner/education connection.  Perhaps you own a dog, you have a college degree, and you consider yourself a pretty educated individual.  You enjoy reading literature, discussing current events, sipping fine wine, and even watching educational specials.  The fact that you own a dog takes nothing away from your scholarly, intelligent lifestyle.  And if anyone tries to tell you differently, you absolutely refuse to believe it.

You might be able to convince others of this, but ask yourself this: Is ignorance really bliss?

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Odd Behaviors in Dogs

Some dogs have them. Some don’t. Needless to say though, dogs can have some pretty weird behaviors. In this articles I am going to write about certain odd dog behaviors and why the dog has adopted that behavior.

Constant Digging

Many dog owners may find that their dog digs wherever they go! They’ll go out in the backyard and dig, maybe get around to the frontyard and dig, and heck, why not, they just might decide to go into your living room and dig into some fantastic carpet and hardwood floors.
This is behavioral issue! This is an addiction for dogs as much as it is for kids to suck their thumbs, bite fingernails, and chew on their lips and tongue. The second you see your dog doing this you must give them a firm “NO!” to scold them and make sure that they know that they are not to do that. If you let your dog continue doing this they will continue to do it as they grow older and it can become very expensive for you (Last time I checked hardwood floor and carpet replacement isn’t a cheap thing to do, and that hassle of replanting grass and filling in dirt would just suck!).

The Sock Child

Some owners may notice that their dog becomes obsessive and protective over an object in the home. In the majority of dogs who adopt this behavior they usually choose a sock to become protective over.

When this behavior is taken over by female dogs it is usually the signs of a false pregnancy. This is where the dog’s hormones set off a bit of a false alarm that sets the body in motion to support a pregnancy that never develops because no fertilization ever occurred. The objects they become obsessive and protective over are made by the dog as a substitute for “would-have” puppies and the dog begin spending much time “mothering” it.

This behavior is completely normal and there should be absolutely no concern from the owner. The dog will eventually lose interest and return to their normal selves.

Leg Licking

Some dog owners find that their dog consistently licks their legs. There are three reasons this could be happening.

1. Your dog is stressed.

2. Your dog is displaying dominance as top dog. Licking can be a sign of dominance in a certain territory.

3. Your dog finds some kind of liking in regards to the texture or taste of your leg.

As for concerns there is really nothing that can be done about this.

Over Affectionate Behavior

Some owners find that their dogs become suddenly more affectionate by wanting to cuddle with their owners and constantly laying on them and touching them. This is thought to be a sign of illness although if the dog is not showing any change in level of energy, bowel movements, etc. then the dog is fine and you are just experiencing the true depth of how much a dog can really give. Although if your dog has had changes in those categories then you should have your dog checked out by a vet.

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Did You Know? Interesting and Fun Facts About Dogs

Here are some quick, interesting, and fun facts about dogs. Enjoy!

-Did you know that smiling at a dog makes them think you are baring your teeth to show aggression?

-Did you know that a dog who has destroyed the furniture and other objects in your home while you are away is frustrated? They have placed all of their frustration upon the objects of your home.

-Did you know that dogs do not have an appendix?

-Did you know that the only sweat glands a dog contains in his body are between the paw pads?

-Did you know the longest lived dog lived to be 29 years old?

-Did you know that Dalmatian puppies are completely white at birth?

-Did you know the first living being to travel to space was a mixed breed dog? This dog’s name was Laika.

-Did you know that Rin Tin Tin is known to be the first American movie star? He signed his own contracts with a paw print. He played in 22 movies.

-Did you know Lundehund breed has 6 toes and can close its ears.

-Did you know that dogs were used in World War II and are still used in modern military activities?

-Did you know that the German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent dogs?

-Did you a 12 lb Yorkshire Terrier named Oliver once defended an elderly woman from an 80 lb Akita. The woman escaped to safety and the Yorkie survived with only nine stitches?

-Did you know the tallest dogs are the Great Dane and the Irish Wolfhound?

-Did you know the average dog mouth exerts 120 to 200 PSI? Even some dogs can apply up to 450 pounds!

-Did you know if neither dog is spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years?

-Did you know that Teddy Roosevelt’s pit bull once ripped off a person’s pants at a white house event?

-Did you know dogs are descended from a small, weasel-like mammal called Miacis which was a tree-dwelling creature and existed about 40 million years ago?

-Did you know Zorba, an English Mastiff, is the heaviest dog on record, weighing 343 lbs at the age of 8 in 1989?

-Did you know according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain who, at the age of 2, weighed just 4 ounces?

-Did you know that Greyhounds can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour?

-Did you know that there are 68 million dog owners in the United States alone?

-Did you know that there are more than 5 millions puppies that are born in the country of the United States each year?

-Did you know that when a puppy is born that he or she is blind, deaf, and toothless?

-Did you know there are over 800 different dog breeds in the world?

-Did you know that the Taco Bell dog is actually a female Chihuahua named Gidget.

-Did you know if a dog lives to be 11 years old, it will cost approximately $13,550 to own that dog.

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Well today I’m writing this article about some of the most widely known dog myths and answering to whether they are true or not.I find it surprising that regardless of how much research has been done and how much knowledge we know about dogs nowadays, dog owners still tend to believe the old wives tales and myths about dogs.

Many people believe that dogs who have black mouths are purebred. This not true actually. Although many purebred dogs do actually have darker mouths than non-purebred dogs this actually doesn’t indicate anything in regards to a dog actually being purebred. The truth is, pigmentation is the only reason for this color, caused by a substance called melanin. Indeed, this substance called melanin is responsible for birthmarks in humans and also the lack of, or availability of, such skin tones as a tan. This color alone is not indicative of a purebred dog. Moving on.

Have you ever heard that feeding your puppy a high amount of calcium is needed to grow strong bones in the dog and to have erect ears? This is actually not true. Actually it can become very dangerous and harmful to your dogs health if you feed them too much calcium. The truth is, as long as you are feeding your dog a healthy and complete diet then no further supplement will be needed.

Pets will have worms and fleas feasting on them if they drink milk. This is not true. Actually it differs no different from us humans. Although it is true that pets lose their tolerance for milk early in development, this is due to the fact that they lose an enzyme which is needed to digest dairy products called lactose. The truth is, dogs and puppies become infested with worms and fleas due to maternal milk which is why it very important to treat new born puppies and those puppies’ mother for worms and fleas.

Dogs should not be spayed until they have their first litter of pups. Many people think they shouldn’t. But, if owners allow such a thing it could raise the chances for the dogs body to produce future health problems such as breast cancer. So the truth is, dogs should be spayed before their first litter of pups.

Yeast will prevent fleas and ticks from feasting on pets. Honestly I cannot answer whether this myth is true or not. All I can say is there is still no scientific evidence that proves this myth true. However it is still a fantastic source of vitamin B!

Raising your voice and telling your dog to shut up will make them stop barking. This is a myth I felt needed to be busted. This is not true! Owners don’t understand that a dog watching you raise your voice begins to interpret that action as barking, hence making them think their is a necessity to bark! When you do this you are basically training your dog to bark more.

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Those Dogs Who Served

During World War II many dogs served the United Stated Military.

Dogs became soldiers after the Pearl Harbor attack which occurred in 1942. The United States Military bonded together with the American Kennel Club to establish what was called “Dogs for Defense.” The American Kennel

German Shepherds Were Used During World War II

club then set out to recruit dog owners to donate quality canines to the United States Military. The Quartermaster Corps were given the responsibility for food, supplies, and materials management. Shortly after the US Military had bonded with the AKC, the Quartermaster Corps began to train dogs and turn them into soldiers.

Training took approximately 12 weeks. At first 300 breeds of dogs were accepted into the program, but then everything was narrowed down to German Shepherd Dogs, Belgian Sheepdogs, Doberman Pinschers, Farm Collies and Giant Schnauzers. 19,000 dogs were screened for the program between the years 1942 and 1945, and of all that were screened 45% were rejected.

Training began with basic obedience and then continued on to training with gas masks, muzzles, military vehicles, and gunfire. After all of this basic training was complete, each dog went on to be trained for specific duties.

Dogs Were Trained to Hold These Duties:

Sentry Dogs: These dogs walked on short leashes and warned their handlers by growling or barking. They were always put on patrol with their handlers.

Messenger Dogs: It was crucial that these dogs had extreme loyalty, because they were required to carry messages back and forth between their two handlers anonymously.

Mine Dogs: These dogs saved hundreds of lives. They were trained to find trip wires and ground mines. Without the help of these dogs many could have lost their lives or limbs.

Scout or Patrol dogs: These dogs did the duties of the sentry dog but they were trained to work silently. They detected snipers or ambushes from the enemy. These canine soldiers saved the lives of many of their handlers.

More dogs were trained as sentry dogs.

Dogs Who Serve In Modern Times:

Dogs still serve as soldiers in the US Military. Many dogs are trained continually in aggression training and are used to chase down enemies.You’ll see in the second picture down that there is a dog being trained in aggression training.

Dogs though today are more rarely used in front line formation, although their positions and duties in warfare still vary as much as they did during World War II. Most dogs used in any type of defense situation are usually used as police dogs in K9 units, etc. Of course the most commonly used dog to fill these duties is the German Shepherd because of their obedience.

As a partner in everyday military police work, dogs have proved versatile and loyal officers. Police dogs can chase suspects, track them if they are hidden, and guard them when they are caught. They are trained to respond viciously if their handler is attacked, and otherwise not to react at all unless they are commanded to do so by their handler. Many police dogs are also trained in detection as well.

Military Working dogs continue to serve as sentries, trackers, search and rescue, scouts, and mascots. Retired working dogs are often adopted as pets or therapy dogs.

I think its truly amazing what every one of these dogs have accomplished.

Dog Being Trained in Aggression Training

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Eyes in the Sky on Your Dog

Ever wish there was a way to keep an eye on your dog’s location, in case that they ever got loose and decided to explore the town and backyard’s of neighboring people? Well there actually is.
GPS tracking collars have gotten some attention over the last few years, and more and more dog owners are deciding to purchase them for their dogs. These GPS tracking collars allow owners to easily retrieve their dogs current location via GPS. So instead of going through the long, dreary, conventional idea of posting “lost dog” signs all over telephone poles around your town which in the end may not help recover your dog, you can easily get your GPS tracker out and find your dog.

Although… people have used these collars for other things than recovering lost pets. Hunters have found these to be very helpful with their dog when they take them hunting. The reason hunters find these collars so helpful is that is allows them to wander off and search for game without the worry of losing them! One thing that adds to the convenience of being able to allow the dog to wander off is when these are paired with a bark indicator, so then you’ll know exactly when and where your dog has found game. To me that sounds like a big convenience.

The Issue With Batteries

Many dog owners who are consider purchasing dog collars with GPS tracking units are afraid that they will not change the batteries in time. Haha, this is nothing to worry about. Many GPS tracking collars feature the ability to notify you via email, phone, or text when batteries in the GPS tracking collar need to be recharged!

People who want to purchase these collars may also be afraid that they will be spending a bunch of money on replacing batter. This is nothing to worry about either. Almost all GPS tracking collars feature lithium-ion rechargeable batteries which means that the batteries not only have no need to be replaced, but also will last a long time before they need to be recharged.

GPS Tracking Collar on Dog

Never Lose Your Best Friend Again

Because of improvements in today’s technology you can ensure that with a GPS tracking collar you and your dog will never lose each other. I know how devastating it would be for me to lose my dog.

So in conclusion… I recommend purchasing a GPS tracking collar for your dog. They are available for around $200-300, and depending on what brand you get some may have monthly fees. But it is a quite affordable purchase to protect a priceless item.

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Man’s Best Friend

Dog has earned the title “man’s best friend.” I have to say to, dogs are very well deserving of that name. Dogs have become more than just family pets, they have earned positions as service dogs such as guide dogs, utility dogs, hearing dogs, psychological therapy dogs, and detection dogs. It’s truly amazing what man has taught dog.

Man has also used the size and strength of dogs to the advantage of getting some assistance from them as helping dogs. In many parts of the world you may find that dogs are used for much more than just a companion in the average family. To me a dog is defined as a pet, but in many other parts of the world dogs are defined as helpers. Dogs that help families out by providing assistance on farms, in communities, etc. are considered working dogs. There are several breeds that are considered working dogs and these breeds include Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Bernese Mountain Dog, Black Russian Terrier, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Pinscher, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Great Swiss Mountain Dog, Komondor, Kuvasz, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Portuguese Water Dog, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Standard Schnauzer, and Tibetan Mastiff.

A boxer dog is a dog of very high intelligence. I think you would be pretty surprised at the stuff they can do if taught right. Because of their intelligence often times boxer dogs are trained to become service dogs. Dobermans have also proven themselves to be of a high level of intelligence, which is why they are frequently used as a police dog of war dog, because they can retain such a high quantity of commands! German Shepherds are also very intelligent dogs, take my word for it. I had an uncle who is a police officer and had a German Shepherd as is companion in law enforcement. I had to dog sit him for a week while he went away and I was given a list of a good 20 or more commands (all German of course) and was impressed to find that the dog was very well trained and listened to these commands very, very well.

Unfortunately some others would disagree that dogs are man’s best friend. I find it disgusting and cruel, that in some parts of this world dog’s are used for food, in countries such as Korea, China, and Vietnam.

But anyways, I’m getting just a tad off-topic here. But in conclusion of all that I have just written, it is truly the intelligence, strength, and love of these amazing animals that have made them man’s best friend.

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The Eyes of the Dog

Because dog’s have two eyes, they have binocular vision, which means that there is an area in the vision of which the two eyes overlap with each other. Binocular vision provide depth of perception which is vital to pursue prey.

The vast majority of dogs have a total visual view of 250 degrees and most dogs have their binocular vision overlapping at 75 degrees for those dogs of which have long noses and 85 degrees for those dogs of which have short noses. On the other hand humans have a total visual view of about 120 degrees, although regarding the fact that human eyes are set to be on the front of the head and not the side of a head humans have an actual total visual view of only about 190 degrees, providing the dog a 60 degree advantage in peripheral vision.

All dogs at one time were believed to be color blind, but thanks to new studies conducted by scientist it is believed that dogs can perceive a limited amount of colors. Dogs though, disregarding the fact they have greater peripheral vision, cannot perceive detail nearly as well as humans can. A non-moving object is almost hidden from a dog’s vision. Once a dog is unsure of what they are seeing they rely on their nose and sense of smell to confirm any of their doubts. Even though non-moving objects can be easily missed by a dog’s eyes, the vision of a dog is highly sensitive to objects in motion. Dogs can perceive direction, speed, and may even be able to recognize an animal or human based on their pattern of movement.

The vast majority of dogs have brown colored eyes, but there are some breeds with speckled, golden or hazel, or pale blue colored eyes. There are a few dogs that have different colors in each of their eyes. The shape and eye placement on the dog’s head varies from breed to breed. Many breeds have oval eyes that are placed midway between the side and front of their faces.

A dog’s eye functions much the same as any mammalian eye. The eyeball is round in shape with a light sensitive membrane, called the retina, lining the rear of the eyeball. Incoming light is focused and information is transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve. The dog’s eye has a reflecting layer, called the tapetum lucidum, which intensifies available light, giving the dog an advantage during dusk or dawn, the prime time for hunting.

Terms Dog Fanciers Use to Describe Certain Specifications of a Dog’s Eyes:

An eye that is clear blue but flecked with a white or lighter blue is known as a China Eye.

Dogs with a prominent, visible third eyelid (nictitating membrane) are said to have Haw Eyes. Haw eyes are seen in such breeds as the St. Bernard and Bloodhound.

Triangular eyes have a three cornered, tent shaped appearance and are seen in Afghan Hounds.

Wall eyes, characterized by a pale bluish-white iris with flecks of brown, are seen in some Harlequin Great Danes.

Prominent eyes are big, round projecting eyes such as seen on Pugs.

Other eye shapes include Almond, Circular and Oval.

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Dog Behaviors

Dogs are of a quite sufficient knowledge. Although dogs are not only smart but have behaviors of which are comparable to those of us humans. Dogs do have a way of communication, sneezing, burping, releasing “natural gas”, and even under-go mood swings at times. I here have listed some dog behaviors of which you may find of interest.

Embarrassed Behavior:

Dogs do have embarrassing moments, even if you disagree. One time I have seen a dog bang into a wall or fall of a couch. I found it to my amazement that the dog hid itself from its owner, because it was embarrassed that its owner had just saw what had happened.

Dogs Talking:

Dogs become most “talkative” in a way when they are hungry. They will often tell you to feed them or they may also beg for food.

When an owner comes home after an extended period of being away they may find that their dog likes to be the “welcome party” or that their dog “scolds” them for leaving them alone for such an extended period of time.

Dogs are trying to communicate with their owners all of the time. Dogs try to communicate with their owner in the only way they know which includes them looking in their owners eye and barking. Often times though a dog’s bark will change and become different. This often has something to do with the way they feel, etc. Owners will often notice this change.


Yes, dogs do snore like we humans do. Often times a dogs snore can reach a high volume. Snoring with a dog usually occurs once a dog is in a deep sleep or if their is a minor obstruction in the airways of the dog.


Dogs do feel guilt like we humans do. Once a dog knows that they have done something wrong they will feel guilt. The owner can usually tell when they’re feeling guilt. The telltale signs of a dog feeling guilt is when they pull their ears back and plead using their eyes. They are trying to tell their owner that they understand they have done something wrong and do not want to be punished for it.

When a Dog Wants Your Complete Attention:

Dogs go to many measures when trying to get their owners attention when it can’t be done through barking. Often, if the dog cannot gain his owners undivided attention through barking, they will usually resort to frequently and furiously pawing at you, circling round and round, or yelp or “scream” as if in pain.


Finally, I would like to note out that you are the only one who can truly interpret your dog’s behavior. A dog’s behavior will be different from home to home and their behavior is highly tied with how they were raised. If a dog was raised in a loving home then that dog will return the love to its owner and all other who live in the owners house. If a dog is treated poorly then the dog’s behavior is obviously going to be different than that of a dog that was raised in the loving home.

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Detection Dogs

In the ongoing war on illegal drugs, detection dogs are of a great assistance to police departments. Well taught dogs that are trained to sniff out drugs can detect even the smallest amounts. Some detection dogs have the ability to sniff out minimal amounts of marijuana such as marijuana seeds that may have fallen into the cracks an older vehicles vinyl seats.

It is nearly impossible to hide drugs from the nose of a detection dog. What people find amazing is that detection dogs are even able to detect small amounts of cocaine even when hidden in unused coffee beans regardless of the fact that they release and overwhelming scent of aroma. Gasoline can’t even cover up the scent of drugs from a detection dog. This is one amazing quality these dogs have which is the ability to discern individual scents from each other even when they are combined.

Drugs don’t stop their though with these dogs. Detection dogs can also be trained to detect the scents of:

-Many Agricultural Items (Plants, Animals, Produce, etc.)
-Evidence of Crime
-Bed Bugs
-Mobile Phones (In Regards to Contrabands in Prisons)
-Fire Arms
-The Remains of Humans (To Search for Hidden Evidence of a Murder)
-Polycarbonate Optical Discs Such as DVDs (Used to Search for Pirated or Bootleg Items)
-Expired Food Items (Such as Sandwiches)

Use of Detection Dogs:

In the state of California detection dogs are trained to search for Quagga Mussel (which is a highly invasive species) on boats at public boat ramps.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has trained dogs to search for bumblebees nest in order to conserve and protect endangered species.

Many prison dogs have been trained to search for cell phones in prison cells.

They May Seem Helpful, But Many Criticize the Use:

Detection dogs are not liked by everyone in the world. Critics say that these dogs allow for searches to be conducted without cause (an act of which is against the Constitution of the United States of America).

Problems do occur with these dogs such as the fact that some can detect drugs without any actually being in the presence, and then of course the dog cannot be called upon to testify.

The Australian state of New South Wales in the year 2001 brought up a legislation that would provide police with the power to use drug detection dogs without a warrant in public places such as licensed venues, music festivals and public transport. This legislation then was reviewed by the NSW Ombudsman of who in the year 2006 gave down a report that was of which highly critical for the use of dogs in the act of drug detection. In regards to the report, it of which stated that prohibited drugs were found in a mere 26% of searches conducted that followed with the use of detection dogs. Of the 26%, 84% were for small amounts of cannabis for personal use. The report also showed that the introduced legislation was ineffective in finding possessed prohibited drugs being only 0.19% of the searches leading to successful prosecution.

Detection Dogs Aren’t The Only Animals that Can Detect:

A quick interesting fact is that pigs can also be used to carry out some of the abilities of dogs in detecting certain objects.

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