Nothing can more quickly divide a room than bringing up the age-old debate of cats vs. dogs. The team at BBC decided to stir the pot a bit by asking senior ophthalmologist, Dr. Rick Sanchez of the Royal Veterinary College which of these animals has better night vision.
We won’t spoil it for you, but the results of the test show that when it comes to night vision there is one clear winner. Don’t worry though; your favorite furry pet is still great at plenty of other things!
Let’s start with an undeniable nugget of truth: DOGS ARE THE BEST. That’s not my opinion, it’s a steadfast certainty that was etched in stone at the dawn of time. What? You don’t remember that day in History class?
Anyways. Dogs truly are the best, and there’s really no way to adequately list all the ways in which they are so awesome and why you definitely need to make one your sidekick, wing (wo)man, and partner-in-crime at some point in your life. But I ain’t a quitter, I’ll give it the old college try.
There are bound to be countless times in your life when your perspective gets a little skewed and things that aren’t a big deal SEEM LIKE A REALLY BIG F*@#%!& DEAL.Whether you’re fuming over that woman who snaked your parking spot at the grocery store, or upset you still haven’t heard back from last night’s hottie with that unforgettable body, it’s a good idea to have a fail-proof way to bring you back to reality. Having a dog reminds you of what really matters (their precious face) and keeps a level head on your shoulders.
I’m not saying if you adopt a dog you will emerge a comedian the likes of Lenny Bruce or Louis C.K., but having a dog is guaranteed to give you a better sense of humor. You have to adjust to dealing with unfamiliar sights, smells, and situations — all of which will bend but not break you. You learn not to sweat the small stuff and that life is meant to be enjoyed. If the world’s not ending, it’s often the best choice to just laugh it off.
The reality of any dog parent is that their home will NEVER be perfectly clean and tidy again. Even the best behaved dog entails the occasional mopping up of muddy pawprints and endless lint-rolling of your fur-covered furniture. You can’t spend your entire life following your dog around with a Dustbuster and a container of Clorox wipes. You’ve gotta learn to let [dirty] sleeping dogs lie.
Life is crazy and can pull you in a thousand directions at once — especially in your 20’s and 30’s when you’re still figuring a lot of things out and there are so many moving parts in your life. A dog depends on you and requires you to keep a better handle on everything. They need consistency and routine, which can be a great way to help tame your own hectic lifestyle.
If you’re living on your own, it’s only natural that you might get caught all up in yo’self. You’re used to doing you and only you, so it’s understandable if you become just a teensy weensy bit self-centered. Being responsible for another living creature’s well-being is the best way to remind yourself that there are more important things than how many people follow you on Instagram.
6. Having A Dog Boosts Your Health
As if the lovable cuteness of a little pile of puppy isn’t enough of a gift, it’s proven that having a dog is actually good for you. They lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce the risk of eczema and allergies in children. Kids who grow up in households with dogs miss fewer days of school as a result of stronger immune systems and better overall health.
7. Dogs Elevate Your Mood
Not only do pups keep us healthier physically, they also work wonders on our mental well-being. Dogs are natural-born mood lifters. I’m yet to face a bad day where looking into my dog’s loving eyes didn’t help immensely. They boost self-esteem, keep you from feeling lonely, and help combat depression.
Not only do dogs lend a sense of routine to your life, they can also make you a much better planner. You have to remember vet appointments, ration their food, make plans in advance for any trips you take, or arrange to have a dog walker come by when you’re at work. Keeping track of their schedule is a fantastic way to remind you to keep a better eye on your own agenda as well.
People don’t often talk about how having a dog can save you money — between the feeding, toys, and healthcare, it can get pretty pricey. But one way that a dog can actually put cash back in your wallet is by eliminating the need to buy an alarm clock — or a vacuum cleaner, for that matter.
10. Never Nap Alone
As if naps weren’t already the absolute best, having a dog to share some Z’s with makes an already awesome pastime into a bone-ified bonding extravaganza.
11. Adventure Time For Life
Naps aren’t the only thing you need never do alone again. Jogging? Check. Hiking? Check. Binge-watching Netflix? Check, check, check. Whatever you’re in the mood to do, there’s a solid chance your dog is more than down to join you.
Whether you’re new in town or just have a little trouble meeting new people, there is no better icebreaker than a dog. There’s seldom a time I take my pup for a stroll and don’t end up striking up a conversation with another dog owner or lover. Crazy dog people are one of the largest subcultures simply because of how awesome dogs are. They dissolve the awkwardness of a simple person-to-person encounter by giving you something to talk about.
Nobody will ever love you the way your dog loves you. You are their world, their galaxy, their universe, and more. Nobody can see you through life’s inevitable rough patches the way your dog can. They always say all the right things without saying anything at all.
Let us know all of the ways your dog has changed your life in the Comments section below!
We’ve all seen that look on our dog’s face, the one that screams “What did you just say to me?” or “Whatever you’re doing, STOP.” It’s when your dog freezes and stares intensely out of the corners of his eyes. Kind of like this:
It’s called whale eye, and it’s your dog’s way of saying “Back off.” Whale eye usually foretells some kind of aggression. It can occur when a dog is guarding something carefully, be it a chew toy or his favorite hooman, and suddenly feels threatened.
Help! My dog has never done this before!
It’s ok. The first step is to give your pup the space he’s asking for. Back up and analyze the situation. Did you get too close to the bone he’s been hiding for 72 hours?
Are you about to step on his favorite toy? Or if you’re a dog, are you thinking that his bed is for sharing and are you about to place your dirty paw on it? Any of these things could trigger a defensive response, and the whale eye is a warning.
There’s a notable difference between the whale eye and a regular side gaze. Notice your dog’s body. If he feels threatened, he’ll appear rigid or tense. But simply looking away is a dog’s way of saying he means no harm.
Any dog owner can sense when their dog is stressed. Whale eye is only one of many body languages dogs express when experiencing discomfort. It’s important to be as intuitive as your pup is. Make sure to never reprimand him for showing signs of anxiety, but instead, evaluate the context to see what you can do to ease your dog’s mood.
I don’t know about you guys, but if someone doesn’t like dogs, I have to seriously consider whether or not they’re worth having in my life. I’m talking up-all-night, pulling-my-hair-out, pros-and-cons-list-making consideration.
And while everyone reading this LOVES dogs –if you don’t love dogs, the nearest exit is in the upper left hand corner of your browser window, feel free to show yourself to it! Ahem. Anyways. And while we all LOVE dogs, some people aren’t lucky enough to have one of their own. Here are 20 of the most important distinctions between a bone-ified pup parent and a basic mutherpuppin’ pup luvah.
1. A Dog Lover: Will pet a dog and move on.
A Dog Parent: Will ask the dog’s name, how old they are, basically every detail down to, “where did you buy that leash?”
My dog freaks when I try to clip his nails. How can I get him to relax?
Many dogs are sensitive about having their nails cut, getting their ears cleaned, or just being handled during exams and other procedures. Small, slow steps are needed to train and teach your dog that he’s safe and that having his nails clipped is a normal thing.
To begin, make sure you have lots of tiny treats available, and feed him a few as he sniffs and examines the clippers. Put the clippers down and try gently touching his legs and feet with your hand, frequently offering treats. If he doesn’t take the treats (but under normal circumstances would), he’s still too nervous, and you need to slow down. Touch higher up on his body and legs, and take your time.
Do this several times a day for as long as it takes him to relax while being handled. Touch many parts of his body, slowly and gently, so he gets used to the idea and to the feel of it. (This is not the same as petting, and he knows it.)
Practice this in a comfortable environment for your dog, and make the treats yummy and plentiful. As each “touch training” session stops, so do the treats; that way he comes to associate lots of treats with having his paws handled.
Gradually, move your sessions toward holding his paw in your hand, bringing the clipper up to his paw, touching the clippers to his nail, and eventually clipping his nail–just one the first time. As you get through each successive step, remember how hard this is for your dog and praise him for being so brave.
As you both get more comfortable with the paw handling and nail clipping, you’ll progress from clipping one nail per session to two, four, or more until you’re clipping many in a session. Don’t worry about getting them all though–there’s no rule that says you have to clip every one of your dog’s nails each time!
Another option is to consider using a Dremel (a tool that grinds nails rather than clipping them). Some dogs who absolutely hate nail clippers tolerate a Dremel very well. Use a metal or coarse sandpaper bit at the end, and make multiple, light touches to the ends of the nails.
Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/5069-nail-trimming-tips-alonso-faq#k5skgtZvAuhbFf1k.99