Do You Know These Five Surprising Things About Dogs?

You may think you know your dog well, but there may be a few of these that surprise you!

One – Dog kisses can actually make you sick. Dog mouths are not clean and are teeming with all kinds of bacteria, and can also hide salmonella and campylobacter. Both of these germs can make you ill, usually causing a bout of not so pleasant diarrhea. Think twice before you allow your dog to lick your face.

Two – Dog can look at you with love. While staring at another dog or a stranger is definitely a threat, dogs can develop a warm and loving relationship with their owners. Some dogs express their affection by warmly gazing at their human companion.

Three – The average canine can understand about 150 words, but there are some dog breeds who can understand up to 250 words, similar to the ability of a two year old human. These breeds include the Border collie, poodle, German shepherd, golden retriever and Doberman pinscher.

Four – Just because your dog is wagging his tail doesn’t necessarily mean he’s happy. If your dog is wagging his tail but he’s holding it high and stiff, he’s agitated. A low tail that wags quickly means he’s submissive and scared. The dog that is wagging his tail in a natural, middle level position is a happy dog!

Five – Very young puppies don’t wag their tails at all. Tail wagging starts between three and seven weeks. Tail wagging is definitely a social signal as dogs almost never wag their tails when they are alone. is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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