Dog owners had a lot of questions about their pets this year.
However well we know our furry best friends they still throw us some curve-balls with occasional bizarre behaviour. People tend to prefer asking google these weird questions rather than another person.
In fact, a ResearchGate study found that more pet owners (79%) use the internet to answer canine questions than speak to vets about them, making it the top source of animal welfare information.
Natural joint supplement company YuMOVE has done analysis of search data to find the most common questions asked by UK dog owners in 2021.
For example, did you know that every 43 minutes someone asks Google whether their dog loves them?
What Are They Googling?
The experts analysed Google search data to reveal which questions pet owners are asking most. Among the most heartwarming questions is ‘What do dogs dream about?’, which someone asks every 15 minutes, on average. One of the most popular searches, occurring every four minutes, is ‘What colours can dogs see?’.
There are also some hilarious questions asked. For example, an average day sees 42 people ask ‘Why does my dog smell like fish?’. And every year, there are 4,200 searches for ‘Why do dogs wink?’ and 2,400 searches for ‘Why do dogs’ farts smell so bad?’.
Dog owners are also using Google to answer crucial health and wellbeing questions: 72,000 people a year (or seven a minute) ask if they can give dogs paracetamol.
Top Dog Health & Behaviour Questions Answered
What colours can dogs see?
In short, dogs can see blue and yellow. While human eyes have three cones for detecting colour including red and green, dogs’ eyes only have two cones. So owners should note that their furry friends will pay more attention to yellow and blue toys.
Why does my dog stare at me?
Dogs are intelligent creatures, so there are many reasons why they look at their owners. Sometimes it’s affection, sometimes they want your attention and sometimes it’s pleading to be fed or go for a walk. Often, dogs are trying to communicate or read your behaviour.
Why do dogs shake?
Excitement, fear, stress, other. Your dog’s shaking could be down to a strong emotion. Or it could be because they’re cold or wet. In rarer cases, shaking could be a sign of sickness or an ongoing illness. If you do have any concerns about your dog’s shaking, it’s best to seek the advice of your vet.
How much food should I feed my dog?
As with every other canine query, vets can provide the best answer, prescribing an amount tailored to your dog’s body condition, and whether they need to lose or gain weight. Guidelines on the packet will provide a more generalised amount, based upon your dog’s target weight.
You can find the full list of queries on YuMOVE’s website, as well as advice on how to keep pets active and happy.
Are You A Googler?
Have you looked up any of these questions yourself? Let us know in the comments!
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