Snoops on the Talents of our Four-Legged Friends | King's Hall School Taunton

Well, hello friends.

I hope you’ve all had a great week. I’m quite often boasting about what a lucky pup I am and I’ve been thinking along those lines for most of the week.

Living in a school has made me realise that I am surrounded by outstanding talent. Everywhere I turn my senses are saturated with the extraordinary talents of the young people in our school community. There is art work on the walls, music emanating from all manner of places and acting that is loud and proud. Sporting talent is bountiful and of course there is outstanding academic talent too. And that’s before I get started on personal hobbies and interests.

Father Mark mentioned talents in his chapel service on Thursday and the ‘thoughts of the day’ have got me thinking about them too. Did you see Mr Halls’ bedside tables, Mrs Aladin’s sewing, and Mr Stannet’s cookery? A big wow-woof from me.

So what about dogs? Are we talented? I’m going to share some amazing facts about my four-legged kind.

1. Dogs noses are wet to help absorb scent chemicals

So why are dogs’ noses wet? The answer is that our noses are wet to help us absorb scent chemicals! We lick our noses to help understand what the smell is.

2. Newfoundlands are amazing lifeguards

Newfoundland dogs are the ultimate doggy lifeguards, because they have water resistant coats and webbed feet. They were originally bred as fisherman’s helpers and to rescue people from drowning. Some owners have even reported that their Newfoundland tries to “rescue” them when they’re swimming!

3. The Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’ has a frequency only dogs can hear.

In an interview in 2013, Paul McCartney said that he added a frequency only dogs can hear to the end of the Beatles song ‘A Day in the Life’. So watch your dog when you play the song! How’s that for an amazing dog fact?

5. A Bloodhound’s sense of smell can be used as evidence in court

A Bloodhound’s sense of smell is so spot on that it can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. Bloodhounds can also follow tracks that are over 300 hours old and can stay on a trail for over 130 miles! Many dogs, including myself, can sniff out week old fingerprints.

6. Basenji dogs don’t bark, they yodel

If you thought all dogs barked, then prepare yourself for this dog fact. The Basenji dog doesn’t tend to bark, instead they are known to yodel, whine or scream.

7. A Greyhound could beat a Cheetah in a long distance race

A Greyhound would actually beat a Cheetah in a long distance race! Greyhounds are excellent long distance runners and can keep a speed of 35mph for up to 7 miles. The Cheetah is incredibly fast it can only keep its speed for around 200 metres so it would soon be overtaken by a Greyhound!

8. Dogs can be trained to detect medical ailments in humans.

Conditions such as diabetes and cancer can be sniffed out by dogs. How amazing is that?

9. Right pawed or left pawed?

Did you know that only 10% of humans are left handed but 50% of dogs are left pawed?

10. Sound detection.

Dogs are able to detect the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second. Year 4 pupils have been studying 10ths and 100ths in Maths this week and they will tell you that this is extremely quick.