Thursday, March 9, 2006

Dog Expert Unravels Dog Mysteries

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’ve ever wondered why dogs are so interested in urine, one dog expert has a definitive answer.

Dr. Stanley Coren’s new book, Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses? (Kids Can Press), sheds light on all kinds of subjects related to our furry friends, including dogs’ fascination with pee.

Dogs are always sniffing out other dogs’ urine, and Coren says that’s because the pooch pee is like a classified ad in the paper, such as, “Mitzi was here. I’m in heat and I’m looking for a partner. Neutered dogs need not apply.”

Because dogs like to cover the same spot and leave their own message, Coren says, “There’s always fresh news. This really is CNN Headline News!”

Here’s another fun fact: Male dogs lift their leg to tinkle on fire hydrants, poles and bushes because it displays how big and tall they are.

Coren says some dogs in Africa “run halfway up the tree while spewing urine” to appear bigger.

He explains, “Just like humans, males are a bit more competitive.”

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