According to Dr. Robert J. Silver, a Colorado veterinarian, if a dog smells like Fritos or popcorn, it’s because of a certain bacteria on their feet that gives off a kind of yeasty odor, particularly the bacteria proteus or pseudomonas. If you don’t like it, you can soak each paw in a solution of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar for 30 seconds.
Paul McCartney’s Old English Sheepdog Martha was the inspiration for the Beatles’ song “Martha My Dear.”
According to the American Kennel Club, the most popular dog in the United States for 2018 was the Labrador Retriever. After the Lab, the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, French Bulldog, Standard Bulldog, Beagle, Poodle, Rottweiler, German Shorthaired Pointer, and Yorkshire terrier were the most popular dog in descending order.
Dogs who sleep in a curled-up position are less likely to get REM sleep, according to writer and dog trainer Karen Soukiasian.
Can dogs sense fear? A study published in June 2010 by PLoS One suggests when humans feel fear or anxiety, their sweat changes scent. That coupled with body language helps dogs figure out human emotions.
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