10 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Your LAB

10. Distant Cousins

Your dog's earliest ancestor is the Miacis, a small weasel-like creature that lived 40 million years ago. Dogs share this ancestor with wolves, raccoons, and bears. 

9. Stormy Weather

If your dog's acting up, it might be because a storm's on the way. Dogs can hear, smell, and feel a change in the weather long before us. What some studies show is that it’s actually the uncomfortable feeling of static electricity, especially the feeling of it tingling through their fur, that makes dogs feel uncomfortable. It can prompt them to run around the house whimpering, looking for places to hide. Not just the noise.

Dr. Nicholas Dodman is the director of the Animal Behavior department at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He says that dogs may experience numerous shocks from static electricity during thunderstorms. This explains why they tend to run toward the rooms and places in your home that are grounded.

8. Silly Huggers

Dogs don't really enjoy hugging. In the canine world, putting your limb over another animal's signifies dominance. We share so much with dogs; we love to communicate, we love to play, there’s so much we share. But we’re not the same species. There are things that are very different about us and how we relate to each other, and this is one of them. Belly rubs however...

7. Ear, ear

Eighteen muscles move your dog's ears around independently from one another. Of course some dogs are smart enough or lazy enough to not need all of those muscles to move their ears. 

6. Low Pet Sounds

Square-headed dogs (like Labradors) can hear subsonic sounds better than dogs with narrow heads (like Spaniels).

5. High Pet Sounds

Tiny dogs, like Chihuahuas, can hear sounds in higher ranges than big dogs. Coincidentally, tiny dogs also MAKE more higher sounds as well. Yappy little buggers.

4. Nose prints

Dogs' nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints, and can be used to prove identity. Good luck sticking a dog's face in some ink without making a mess though. In fact The Canadian Kennel Club has been accepting dog nose prints as proof of identity since 1938. Wow!

3. Wet noses

Your dog's wet nose helps him detect scent by absorbing the water droplets that carry smells. In addition, a wet nose is often thought to be an indicator of a dog's health. A wet nose is healthy, a dry nose is not so good.

2. Smarter than the average dog

The Intelligence of Dogs is a book on dog intelligence by Stanley Coren, a professor of canine psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Published in 1994, the book explains Coren's theories about the differences in intelligence between different breeds of dogs. Border collies and poodles are thought to be the most intelligent dogs. Golden Retrievers and Labs also feature in the top ten. Smarter than the average dog, Boo Boo.

1. And, of course, Labs are the worst liars...

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