15 Interesting Dog Facts By Amberly Ashton Do you share your home with a dog? If so, I know he has easily became part of your family. How well do you know your canine friend? Here are some facts that you may not be aware of. 1. Do you know that the average dog is as smart as a 2 year old child. They can also understand up to 250 gestures and words! 2. Dogs can see in the dark with the help of a special membrane called tapetum lucidum. 3. As crazy as it sounds dogs can pick up on diseases in the human body even before diagnosis, such as cancer and diabetes. 4. Have you noticed your dog twitching in their sleep? If so, you may be surprised to know they were probably dreaming. Dogs have the same brain wave pattern as humans therefore they dream just as we do. 5. Puppy love is real. Just like our brains, dog's brains release the hormone oxytocin, also known as the love hormone. This allows them to experience real feelings of love toward their owner or another dog. 6. You may want to hold back from showing your dog your pearly whites when you smile. When some dogs see your teeth they consider it an act of aggression so if you notice that their behavior changes refrain from a full mouth smile. 7. The most common dog names are Max, Molly, Maggie and Jake. 8. Many believe dogs are color blind but that's not the case! Their eyes do pick up colors but just not as vivid as our eyes do. 9. A 1 year old dog is as physically mature as a 15 year old human. 10. Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws. This may explain the wet paw marks on your dry kitchen floor. 11. There are nearly 400 million dogs in the entire world, with The United States having the highest population. 12. Next time your pet takes a drink watch him closely. Dogs use the back of their tongues to form a little water cup. It's one of the coolest sights to see. 13. If you notice your dog is acting up, check the weather because a storm may be on the way. A dog's senses can pick up changes in the weather. 14. Puppies are born blind, deaf and without any teeth. That's why we can't help ourselves when we are around these cuties. 15. A female dog, her mate and their puppies if never spayed or neutered would have over 66,000 babies in just 6 years time.