today i learned – mon 18th feb 2019

it’s a bit of a stereotype really, but dogs literally love to fetch/carry/chase/eat sticks 🐶 but why?!

#tdil the reason why dogs love sticks so much 😏 (we’ll answer this in a couple of ways 👍🏻)

why do dogs love to find and chase sticks? the answer is that over the course of the super long relationship us humans have had with dogs, we spent a lot of them teaching dogs to retrieve prey for us. 

that means that, even though most domesticated dogs aren’t used for hunting, it’s still deeply engrained in their dna. so, when your dog brings you a stick, they’re simply fulfilling their need to bring you prey 🙂. 

it’s this hunting instinct that also fuels the ‘why do dogs chase sticks?’ question. by throwing a stick (or toy for that matter) you’re simulating the hunt – quenching your dog’s need to hunt for stuff. apparently, when they play tug-of-war, it simulates the feeling of the prey fighting back. if i’m honest, it all makes playing with your dog sound a bit sinister 😳 (although, they do also find it super fun 😬 so all is well).

a final little fact about dogs and sticks! they chew on sticks for a couple of different reasons. firstly, they help to keep your dog’s teeth clean and secondly some natural sticks work as a sort of stick based aspirin to reduce pain 👍🏻

loads of facts today! i’d initially thought that this would be pretty short … but it turns out, i’ve somehow dragged this out quite a lot #sozza 🙈. 

anyway, that’s all for now! 

byeeee 😏 #tdil

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yaaaaay another fact about man’s best friend 👌🏻 fancy reading something else? just take a gander ->here<-

(picture time! the header is ->here<- and the other is ->here<-)

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