Dogs rely on their sense of smell to identify people and learn things about them, especially people they do not know very well. Dogs have an extremely powerful sense of smell, and canines use their olfactory power to rec... More »

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The best way to pet a dog is to let the dog make first contact, and then slowly rub the dog's chest and under his head. Many dogs respond poorly to fast movements and pats on top of the head. More »

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To socialize a dog, train the dog to behave calmly in public and around other people. Introduce the dog to friends who have dogs, and then introduce your dog to other dogs. Fully socializing a dog takes several months. More »

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Dogs have wet noses to improve their sense of smell and help regulate their body temperature. The wetness is a combination of mucous and saliva from the dog licking its nose. More »

Dogs have whiskers to help protect their faces from injuries and enhance their sense of touch, especially in low-light conditions. Dogs' muzzles block their vision, so they have trouble seeing things around their snouts,... More »

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Domesticated dogs have adapted abilities such as directional and highly acute hearing, the digestion of starchy foods, a strong sense of smell, far-sighted vision and the ability to see more effectively in the dark. Thes... More »

Dogs are carnivores in the sense that they are members of Carnivora, a scientific grouping of predatory mammals. The word "carnivore," however, has a primary meaning of an animal that eats flesh. While dogs do eat flesh,... More »

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