6. Sleeping with your dog in the room is actually good for you.
According to a new Mayo Clinic study, letting your four legged friend into your bedroom at night has benefits. The study conducted on 40 adults and dogs, who all wore motion-tracking devices, found that having a dog rest in the same room at night did not affect an individual’s sleep pattern. On average, people with dogs in their rooms (but not on their beds) maintained 83% sleep efficiency. Researchers also noted that the dogs rested well, regardless of their owners location.
7. Dogs feel jealousy.
A 2008 study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that dogs can get jealous of other dogs. For the study, dogs were trained to perform tricks and one set of dogs were rewarded for their efforts while the other simply had to perform tricks for no rewards. The group that received no rewards for their efforts became agitated as well as started avoiding the gaze of the rewarded dog.
Another study by scholars at the University of California, San Diego, found that dogs showed jealous behaviors when their owners displayed affection toward other humans or dogs. The jealousy was triggered by social interaction between the owner and their romantic partner; demonstrating that dogs are capable of expressing complicated feelings.
8. Dogs don’t feel guilt.
Those puppy eyes your dog gives you after getting into the trash is not guilt, rather a reaction to your reprimand. A new study shows that dogs will give you the guilty look, even if they are completely innocent of a crime. In the videotaped study, researchers placed dogs and their owners, along with a forbidden treat in a room.
The owners were then asked to leave the room and researchers then proceeded to give the treat to a selected number of dogs. Upon their return, researchers informed some of the owners that their dogs had misbehaved while the other half was told that the dogs behaved according to their commands. The information provided to the owners however, often did not correlate with reality. When the misinformed owners started scolding their dogs for eating the forbidden treat, they looked more “guilty” than the other dogs who had, in fact, eaten the treat.
9. Dogs can predict an epileptic seizure up to 45 minutes before it happens.
Dogs have the ability to detect hidden explosives, track down culprits or find missing people. We hear inspirational stories about them every day but did you know that they also have the ability to accurately predict epileptic seizures? While it is not completely understood, scientists believe that dogs are capable of detecting even the slightest changes in human behavior as well as smells, to accurately predict an episode.
Today, these canine friends inform their owners of an upcoming episode, giving them time to take seizure blocking medication, get to a safe place, or call for assistance. Seizure alert dogs are born with this remarkable ability which remains a mystery to mankind. Nevertheless, their ability to detect seizures upto 45 minutes in advance, allows victims to live a normal life.
10. Dogs experience static electricity during thunderstorms.
All dog owners know that dogs and thunderstorms don’t mix together. It’s a common misconception that they are simply afraid of lightning or the sound of the thunder. In reality, the reason why they are afraid is due to the fact that they experience high levels of static electricity during bad storms. Static electricity can cause an uncomfortable tingling effect on their fur, causing them to be afraid and hide under the bed. The best way to put them at ease is to rub a dryer sheet on their fur to decrease the amount of static electricity.