DID YOU KNOW
When was the last time you saw your puppy twitch and move their paw in their sleep? Well, we hope that it was a good dream they were having that time because yes, dogs do dream! Interestingly, dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage, our dogs can start dreaming similar things like humans do. Scientifically, at a structural level, the brains of dogs are like those of humans. They say dogs are man’s best friend, thus it is not surprising that 89.7 million dogs live in households in the United States in 2017 as presented by Statista. Just in case you are planning to own a dog soon, it is befitting to at least know the Dogs 101, so to speak. As exciting as it is to get one, it could also be overwhelming at first, so it is of the essence to consider many factors before you get one. First, you need to prepare your home. Adopting a puppy is like adopting a new-born child, it is recommended that you designate a zone where your dog can crate and play with toys—puppies can be a little playful, but you can always train your dog, so it is important to keep your home puppy-proof. Secondly, look for a trusted veterinarian. Owning a pet is generally high-maintenance but remember puppies are like babies they require constant health check-ups to maintain their wellness. Third and the most important of all is to love them because in return they will love you even more. Studies show that having a pet companion lowers the chance of high blood pressure and dog owners have better survival rates in the event of a heart attack.