Woof! Puppy Facts That Will Make You Howl!

The world can sometimes be a negative place, but it’s kind of hard to find something negative to say about a puppy!

"I, uh...I stand corrected."

“I, uh…I stand corrected.”

Horrifying chimeras created by a marketing team that may as well be run by the manifestation of millennial self-parody aside, actual puppies are still awesome, and we feel it is our duty to tell you that today is actually National Puppy Day!

"Me still scared of abomination in previous section. I mean 'woof.'"

“Me still scared of abomination in previous section. I mean ‘woof.'”

We’d also love to give you some cool puppy facts that you can use to impress your next tinder date friends.

"You know you want to swipe right."

“You know you want to swipe right.”

Senses

Puppies are born with closed eyes, which do not begin to open until a few weeks after birth.

"Me not know what a 'Kardashian' is but it sounds terrible."

“Me not know what a ‘Kardashian’ is but it sounds terrible.”

As a matter of fact, of the five senses, the first one that a puppy experiences is touch.  As a puppy grows older, however, its senses will sharpen, with its hearing becoming ten times more accurate than a human’s, and its sense of smell a million times stronger.

Kinda makes you feel even worse for Spuds MacKenzie, doesn't it.

Kinda makes you feel even worse for Spuds MacKenzie, doesn’t it?

Lamentable swill peddling spokesanimals aside, it is also untrue that dogs are colorblind, rather they see color less vividly than a human.

"That said, I can still see that your band flyer is using three different fonts including Comic Sans. I'm a puppy; I'm not tasteless."

“That said, I can still see that your band flyer is using three different fonts including Comic Sans. I’m a puppy; I’m not tasteless.”

Diet

Puppies are born without teeth, but once they all come in, the average dog will have 42 teeth.

dog destroy

“Sup.”

Once puppies begin feeding, they will require five small meals a day.  Since dogs are omnivores, they require more than meat to have a balanced diet.  In fact, many vets recommend carrots as a treat to older puppies and dogs.

"Ehhhh, what's up doc?"

“Ehhhh, what’s up doc?”

It should be noted that cat food is actually incredibly bad for dogs, as is most trash.  In fact, chicken bones, chocolate, and other common things that make their way into your trashcan can do serious harm to a dog.

"I just think you should compost is all. Geez."

“I just think you should compost is all. Geez.”

Obesity is also a major problem for dogs and is the leading health issue that ruins the lives of otherwise healthy animals.  We know that Fido might beg you for another treat, but you’ll be doing him and yourself a favor by denying him..  After all, the care of the average dog over a span of a normal lifetime, which is usually 11 years, can be almost fourteen thousand dollars.

Clifford being the obvious exception. He probably needs more calories than Michael Phelps.

Clifford being the obvious exception. He probably needs more calories than Michael Phelps.

Relationship to Humans

We know that your puppy is your friend, but you should know a few things about how he reacts to you and your actions.  For instance, many dogs see smiling with your teeth as a form of aggression, so maybe think twice before getting all Howdy Doody with your pup.

To be fair, not all aggression is entirely unwarranted.

To be fair, not all aggression is entirely unwarranted.

You will also want to start teaching commands early to a puppy, making sure to get on their level when teaching them simple commands like “come” or “sit.”

"You can't even be on my level! Arf arf!"

“You can’t even be on my level! Arf arf!”

A word about names; puppies and dogs usually respond to the first sound in a name, so it is inadvisable to name a puppy something that sounds like a command, like “Sid” or “Donald.”

Though the later name works well for ducks, or unelectable embarassments.

Though the later name works well for ducks, or un-electable embarrassments.

It also helps to repeat the puppy’s name over and over again, especially when it is young.

 

"Yeah, yeah, I get it, my name is Buddy. May I be excused now?"

“Yeah, yeah, I get it, my name is Buddy. May I be excused now?”

So there you have it, great puppy facts for a great National Puppy Day!  Go celebrate with your four-legged friend, and if you don’t have one, then go get one!

"Me tired; me sleep."

“Me tired; me sleep.”

 

            

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