Wag facts

your dog is watching you

    • Dogs are the wolf that walks beside us. Geneticists have determined that dogs and wolves are actually the same species “Canis Lupis” (formerly Canis Canis).
    • Even though a Basset Hound’s feet look like paddles… they can’t swim!
    • Your dog is watching you. Dogs are the only species that look where humans point their eyes or fingers. But they only watch human eyes… not dog eyes.
    • Dogs aren’t color blind.
    • Dogs don’t like rain because it makes them wet but because it sounds “loud” to them. Dog hearing is 10x more sensitive than humans.
    • Although dogs are helpful to hunter-gatherers they were critical to the development of agriculture. Dogs were domesticated before donkeys, horses, sheep, goats, cattle, cats, or chickens.
    • More than 1 in 3 American families own a dog.
    • 80% of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays.

dog makes humans smile

    • 94% of dog owners say their dog makes them smile at least once a day.
    • People who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
    • Ancient Romans thought docking a dog’s tail prevented rabies.
    • When humans crossed the land bridge from Europe to America, dogs walked alongside them.
    • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest known dog was an Australian Cattle Dog, named Bluey, who lived to be 29.
    • Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wresting the coyote until it released the dog.
    • The ancient Mbaya Indians of the Gran Chaco in South America believed that humans originally lived underground until dogs dug them up.
    • Shakespeare was the first person to use the term “watchdog”. (The Tempest)
    • Studies show it is easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures.

dogs sweat

  • Dogs can sweat… but only from their paws.
  • Petting a dog will lower your blood pressure.
  • One survey reports that 33% of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on answering machines while they are away.
  • A dog in the home reduces the risk of asthma in children.
  • A recent study found adults that regularly walk their dog have 1/3 the rate of diabetes of non-dog owners.
  • A recent U.S. National Institutes of Healthfunded study of 2,000 adults found that those who regularly walked their dogs were more physically active and less likely to be obese than those who didn’t walk dogs.
  • Walking the dog reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease by up to 40%.
  • Weight Waggers mascot is named Plato after the philosopher of ancient Greece. He wrote that “a dog has the soul of a philosopher”.