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Friday, October 05, 2007

The Way We Puppies SEE the World

RUSTY & SMOKY: We puppies have tried to tell our folks that we experience things differently from them, but we don't think they always understand. So, we are somewhat relieved that our mom recently read a Pedigree Puppy Scoop Newsletter, that helped to explain our perception of the world. The newsletter covered all five senses:

  • SIGHT - Puppies can see in colors, but the colors are more muted to us. Now they know why we puppies get so excited when they get us a new toy that is in a really bright color, like bright red or green. Although we may not see colors as easily as humans, we can see clearer than people in dim light. And our eyes are very quick to pick up any movement.

  • SMELL - Our folks already know we are obsessed with smell. Sometimes we have to be coaxed to eat our dry food, if it doesn't smell the way we like it to (a little smell-inducing treat on top of the dry food helps out). Our world really is about smell, we sniff everything. They have been wondering why we sniff them when they come home. Well, they found out that puppies sniff you to learn more about you, where you've been and how you're feeling emotionally. If we sense you are not feeling so good emotionally, we will give you a lick of sympathy, and we are outta there (bad vibes rub off, and we already have enough to deal with as puppies). Oh, yeah, bet you didn't know that a wet nose is a good thing. The wetness of our puppy noses helps to strengthen our sense of smell because the moisture helps to capture different smells. You humans probably don't have that ability - don't be jealous.

  • SOUND - A puppy's hearing is a lot keener than a human. Sometimes they look at us puppies like we are crazy when we start barking, and they can't see anything. But usually we are always right, someone or something is coming. This is because, as puppies, we can hear sounds at a greater distance, and over more frequencies. So, just take our word next time, there really is someone or something out there!

  • TOUCH - Now they have finally found out about our special hairs: the hair on dogs below their jaws, on their muzzles, and above their eyes. These hairs are very sensitive and can actually sense airflow. That's partly the reason we hate it when you clean our puppy faces (the other reason is that we just like to give you a hard time). But you know we have our special places that we love to have touched, like our bellies. WE LOVE BELLY RUBS!!

  • TASTE - Dogs don't have a lot of taste buds, which explains some of the strange things we choose to eat. But we puppies can tell when something is sweet, sour, bitter, or salty (you know we LOVE sweets, we just don't get sweet things very often). Because our taste buds are not up to par, that's why we really value it when our food or treats smell good.

REMEMBER, this is vital information about the senses of puppies and dogs. Please keep it in mind when you are interacting with us, especially when you are feeding us. WE LOVE THINGS THAT SMELL DOGGONE GOOD!!

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At 7:35 PM, Blogger Sparky said...

Hehe, great post! Oh yes, I love belly rubs too! To me, that's the whole point of the sense of touch!


At 8:38 PM, Blogger Orion said...

Hi Guys! I found your blog through Sparky's and I think you guys look like a lot of fun! Stop by sometime and say hi!

I like this post, by the way! Belly rubs and smelly treats are the best.

At 9:27 PM, Blogger The Brat Pack said...

Super duper post! Taste is our favorite!

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your blog has a lot of good information on it. Thank you and God bless



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