6 fun facts about your dog

I'm constantly amazed by pet owners and their generosity in sharing information about their pets. From training tips to health facts, I learn the most not from what I read but from what friends tell me about their pets. As I pick up new, useful information, I'll be sure to share it with you all - and then you can pass it along to friends, and so forth. It'll be our own pet information superhighway.

For example, did you know:

1) Did you know that a one year old dog is considered to be as physically mature as a 15 year old human?

2) Did you know that obesity is the #1 health issue facing dogs today? Even parvo and other diseases have taken a backseat to the number of dogs afflicted by health issues caused by obesity.

3) Did you know that an estimate 1,000,000 dogs are the primary beneficiary in their owner's will?

4) Did you know that dogs have no sense of time? So, if I leave Angel at home to go to the grocery store, she won't know if I also add an hour in there for a workout. All she knows is that I'm gone - but it is very comforting to me to know that if I'm taking more time at my errands than planned, she's not looking at the clock (or at least, she's not reading it!).

5) Did you know that your dog can identify smells 1,000-10,000 times better than a human? Humans have 5 million scent receptors, whereas dogs have so many more - a beagle, for example, has 225 million scent receptors!

6) Did you know that if you plan to travel to Hawaii, your dog will need to be quarantined? State of Hawaii law says that pets (dog, cats, and otherwise) are required to completete a 120 day confinement in the State Animal Quarantine State; however, if specific pre-arrival requirements are met (rabies vaccine, blood tests, microchip, completed paperwork, etc), the quarantine period may be cut down to 5 days or less. For more information on this, check out Hawaii's Agricultural website at http://www.hawaiiag.org/AQS/aqs-checklist-5.pdf.

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