How old is a dog in human years?
One year of a medium-sized dog's life equals about 15 human years, the second year equals about 9 human years. After the second year, each human year equals about 5 years for a dog. This does also vary according to the size/weight of the dog (as smaller dogs age slower and large breeds faster) but will give you a guide to use.
How good is a dogs sense of smell?
Fantastic, and it is at least 40 times better than ours. Some have such good noses they can sniff out medical problems, and of course you see them working as "sniffer" dogs at airports detecting drugs or arms, so they are not just great at finding buried bones... Dogs can sniff at the same time as breathing, so are always on guard! Did you know a dog's nose print is as unique at identifying them as our fingerprint is to us.
How much better is their hearing?
They can hear around 4 times better than humans, so pick up noises where we hear nothing. However, because their increased sensitivity to barometric pressures, thunder, fireworks and any loud noises will cause them distress, so take care to help them keep away from problem situations.
How many homes have a dog?
Around 34% of UK households own a dog, compared to the 28% that own a cat. However a great many have both, and believe it or not most get along great, once they know they have no choice...
How much are dogs a part of the family?
Seven out of 10 people sign their dog’s name on Christmas and birthday cards, showing just how much they become one of the family unit. And most now clothe their dogs when going out, not to mention letting them have the best seat in front of the tv ( and probably on the bed too )