Dog Facts! All About Ears!
Did you know...?
Dogs have over 15 muscles that control their ears!
You may have noticed that your dogs ears move around a lot. (If you haven't, you will now!) you may also already know that they have excellent hearing... But did you know that some breeds have better hearing than others? They also have more than 15 muscles that are responsible for helping dogs move, tilt, turn, raise and lower their ears.
They can also play a part in telling us exactly how they feel, dogs often express their emotions through their ears, have a look at your dogs ears when they're feeling happy, sad, curious and note how differently they look & move!
Working breeds of dogs such the Collie & German Shepherds can listen more carefully than other breeds either due to instinct or training. For example, a Collie will be using their sense of hearing to protect a flock from predators before any other sense.
Puppies are born deaf! It is their last sense to develop and they can't usually hear until they're 3 weeks old. Once their hearing develops they can hear about 4 times better than humans!
Dogs ear canals are much deeper than humans which forms a better funnel for sounds to reach their eardrums.
Do you want to learn more about Canine Body Language? Take a look at Sussex County Dog Training's Online School. They have a FREE COURSE focused on Canine Body Language, click here to enrol and learn more...
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