To commemorate National Dog Day, we’ve gone on the hunt for little-known facts destined to heighten your opinion on nature’s dignified joker - the Canis Lupus Familiaris. Lead on!
Another neat trick they teach themselves is predicting future events. Dogs love to have a schedule; if you return home at 6 pm each day, they can recognise the hands on an analogue clock to mark the time. Especially if you take them for a walk at that time.
Undertaking an experiment where humans engaged with three different objects in front of their dogs (a book, a plastic jack-o-lantern, and a realistic-looking stuffed dog) the results showed that, when the human was paying attention to the fake dog, the real hounds moved in with barking, biting and whining. Such actions were not as prominent with the other objects.
Dogs were left to roam free without leads, across ground not influenced by walls or roads, with 37 breeds examined over two years. We don’t envy the poor individual tasked with cleaning up ‘the evidence’.
Ever wondered why dogs curl up into a ball while they sleep? This is an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm during the night, and to protect vital organs from predators while they are resting.
It’s official. Customers buy more dog food than any other pet supplies in TRDP shops! Value growth in the first six months of 2019, compared to the same period last year, was 11%. Cat food was the second-largest category in the pet supplies sector (6.7%), followed by Cat Litter in third (0.07%).The most popular brand remains Pedigree Chum, with Happy Shopper, Bakers, Winalot and Euro Shopper making up the top 5. For more information on UK sales data for dog/pet food, get in touch with our data team.