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March 05, 2018

Your dog has SUPERPOWERS!

There are a number of characteristics dogs possess that should be considered “superhuman,” since these traits allows dogs to do certain things far better than any human being ever could! We’ve picked out our three favorites, but these are by no means the only things dogs do better than people…   

Super Sniffing! Of course dogs are able to smell things better than people, the question is how much better? According to the beloved PBS science show Nova, a dog’s sense of smell is somewhere between 10,000 and 100,000 times more powerful than a human being! Think about it like this: the average human being can make out objects from as far away as a third of a mile. But if dogs had vision as powerful as their sense of smell, they would be able to see objects more than 3,000 miles away! Now that’s a superpower! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/dogs-sense-of-smell.html.  

Super Vision! Speaking of vision, there’s a common misconception that dogs are colorblind. This isn’t necessarily true – dogs can see color, they just can’t see them with the same intensity that we do. Human beings have two cones in their eyes that provide the ability to see color, while dogs only have two. This means dogs can see blues and yellows quite well, but don’t make out greens and reds quite as well as humans. The tradeoff is that dogs see better at night, and they see things faster than we do. In other words, dogs see the world moving by in slow motion, which is how they can snatch that Frisbee right out of the air! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2685860/Dogs-SLOW-MOTION-Animals-brain-processes-visual-information-faster-humans-study-finds.html  

Super Pee! Don’t laugh, it’s true. While it might not be the most amazing superpower, dog urine is corrosive and can cause most types of metals to quickly rust, or in some cases even melt right through! Don’t believe us? Here’s a story about a lamp post in San Diego that toppled over because of - you guessed it - dog pee. https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Dog-Urine-Contributes-lamp-post-corroded-downtown-san-diego-326839961.html  


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