Can your dog read your mind? Does your pet have some kind of extra sensory perception that allows her to know that you are getting ready to go for a walk (Buy dog leashes online) before you even make a move towards the door? How can the family Cocker Spaniel know when Daddy is expected home from work? In our lives shared with dogs, we may find ourselves asking these questions or others like them. It seems as if the dogs we live with are always one step ahead of us throughout the day.
My dog will go to the door (Doggy doors online) watching expectantly for my husband to come home about 30 minutes before he arrives home. The odd part of this little behavior is that my husband does not have a consistent work schedule, it is different every day and there is literally no pattern to his arrival at home from week to week. My theory is that when he has been gone almost 8 hours, the dog knows it is about time for the man to come through the door. Maybe she has an inner clock of some kind that reminds her to check the door. (Pet Supply Company)
Our pets are more aware of the world around them than we give credit. They watch us closely and all of their senses are put to work deciphering what we are doing. In the evening when I am getting the coffee maker set up for the morning, my dog is watching, listening and smelling. She knows that the next step is bedtime. We like our routines and rituals, and the pets pick up on the signals. My dog knows that I am about to ask her to go to her crate for the night. (Buy dog crates online) She curls up on the couch and refuses to look me in the eye, as if she is hoping that I will forget she is there. Just like we did when we were kids, right? (Buy dog bed online.)
But the ability to use all of their senses is being put to a much more important use in recent years. Studies have proven that trained dogs can smell cancer on the breath of humans in the very early stages and sometimes even before stage one. There are biochemical markers in the breath that are only present when lung or breast cancer is present. To quote a conclusion by Integrative Cancer Therapies, “Training was efficient and cancer identification was accurate; in a matter of weeks, ordinary household dogs with only basic behavioral “puppy training” were trained to accurately distinguish breath samples of lung and breast cancer patients from those of controls. This pilot work using canine scent detection demonstrates the validity of using a biological system to examine exhaled breath in the diagnostic identification of lung and breast cancers. Future work should closely examine the chemistry of exhaled breath to identify which chemical compounds can most accurately identify the presence of cancer.” http://ict.sagepub.com/content/5/1/30
Dogs are also being used more and more in therapy to comfort and sooth a stressful person. (Pet supplies online here.)In fact, this week a team of Comfort Therapy Dogs from the Comfort Dog Program is being sent to the Boston Marathon on the first anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks. This organization was formed in 2008 after a school shooting at Northern Illinois University. They now have about 80 trained dogs in 10 states and 4 of them have been at Sandy Hook School in Newtown on a semi-permanent basis since the school shootings there. http://news.yahoo.com/comfort-dogs-boston-newtown-152846326.html
The simple act of petting a dog will lower the blood pressure of both the person and the dog, so it makes sense that the presence of a dog in the middle of a stressful situation can help lower the stress dynamically. We share our homes and this world with these four-legged friends. They look to us for care, shelter and food. (Buy dog food and pet supplies online here.) In return our pets protect us, comfort us and sometimes even save a life. Come by The Pet Supply Company today!