National Dog Day
By: Good2GoPublished: August 20, 2015
Happy National Dog Day! To celebrate man’s best friend, here are some fun facts to help you understand your dog a little better.
- Dogs taste less than humans. They have 1,700 taste buds compared with our 9,000, but their sense of smell is much better, which can range from being 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than humans.
- When your dog curls up in a ball to sleep, it is channeling an ancient survival instinct that its ancestors used to keep warm and keep vital abdominal organs away from potential predatory attacks.
- Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not see in black and white. In fact, it is thought that dogs actually see the world in a mix of colors consisting in blue, yellow, yellow-green, and grey.
- Obesity is considered an epidemic among humans and a disease that can lead to worse diseases. Dogs are no different from humans in this regard; obesity is dogs’ leading health problem.
- Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic: two Pomeranians and a Pekinese. Yes, they were all traveling in first class.
- Newfoundlands are some of the best swimmers among canines because of their webbed feet. They were bred with strong swimming characteristics in order to help fishermen haul in fishing nets and to rescue people who were drowning. On the other hand, Basset Hounds cannot swim at all.
- Dogs dream just as humans do. They go through similar stages of sleep such as slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM). You can tell that your dog is dreaming if they are twitching or moving their paws.
- Dogs can detect sound frequencies so high that humans cannot hear it.
- All dogs have 321 bones and 42 permanent, adult teeth.
- Every dog on Earth has a common ancestor: the Tomarctus, a dog-like mammal that lived on Earth 15 million years ago and survived as a species for over 6.8 million years.
Now that you know some dog-related facts, it is time to delve into more serious and useful information in order to protect your dog, yourself, and your car.
Traveling is fun and so are dogs. Combining the two can lead to an unforgettable experience, but it can be tricky to pull off. You may need to travel with your dog for a number of reasons: to drive to the dog park, to get your pal to the vet, or to run errands with him or her in your company. The techniques and criteria for taking your dog out on the road remain the same.
Crash-Tested Crate = Great
Don’t let your dog move around freely in the car! There is a much higher risk for injury when the dog is free to move around while the car is in motion. If the windows are open, that presents an even greater hazard. It is important to get a comfortable crate that can fit in your car and be easily strapped in. Make sure the crate is crash-tested as well.
Another benefit of the crate is a benefit to your car. Dogs, especially younger ones, have tendencies to scratch and chew on things. Do not let the seating in your car be one of those things. If they have a toy with them in their crate, they should be happy. Dogs of any age may drool occasionally, and, in a crate, that salivation can be contained.
Stop to Rest
Dogs are sort of like children in that they are fidgety and cannot hold their bladder for very long. It is important to let your dog stretch their legs and move a bit before the next leg of the trip. Rest stops are useful for you and the other humans in your car as well since people need to rest too, stretch their legs, and get ready to get back out on the road. Never drive for more than a few hours without pulling over at a rest stop in order to let your dog out. When you do let them out, make sure they have a collar and ID tag in addition to a leash.
Bring Along a Human
Driving and taking care of a dog both require a ton of attention and energy. When embarking on a long road trip, consider bringing along another person who can help take care of the dog while you are driving and then, later on, switch positions in order to keep each person’s focus as sharp as possible.
If you leave, they leave!
Every step you take in caring for your dog is important, but one of the most important steps is to be conscientious of where your dog is and how they are holding up in a new environment, such as a car. If you get out of your car to go shopping or do something that takes a long period of time, make sure you take your dog with you. Leaving your dog in your car is one of the most dangerous things you can do. During the summer months, 85 degrees outside can, in 30 minutes, become 120 degrees within your stationary car. Those sorts of temperatures can lead to your dog becoming seriously ill, injured, or worse.
Dogs are called “man’s best friend” for a reason. They are a very popular pet among Americans and are liked due to their intense loyalty to their owner. Make sure your dog’s loyalty to you is worthwhile. Protect them and treat them and any situation they are in with respect and care. Just as you think of your dog like your child, treat them as such and always make sure you are making the best decisions for yourself, your dog, and your car.
Just as your dog is an important part of your life, so is your car. You take your dog to the vet when they fall ill, so make sure to insure your car just in case anything was to happen to it as well. If something has value in your life, protect it. Make sure to insure your car with Good2Go’s affordable, minimum coverage auto insurance policies. With a variety of discounts to choose from and years of quality service under their belt, Good2Go is here to help you drive and safely. Get a free quote from Good2Go today by clicking here.