We all love our dogs and we are often amazed at some of the unique skills that they possess, but this article is not about begging abilities or eye-watering flatulence. We are not going to discuss the Great Dane’s uncanny ability to sleep in virtually any position, befriend virtually any other animal, or know when you are in the bathroom.
While many of these traits are unique to the Great Dane, they are not necessarily ‘superpowers’. Still, like many canines, your Great Dane may, in fact, possess superpowers of which you are completely unaware.
1) Super Sniffers
A dog’s sense of smell is between 10,000 and 100,000 times more acute than a human’s. To put that into perspective, if we can smell a spoonful of sugar in a cup of tea, a dog can smell that same spoonful of sugar in a double-sized Olympic swimming pool. And you wonder how your Dane knows when you are eating Cheetos in the garage.
2) Disease Detectors
Without any fancy medical equipment or diagnostic tools, dogs with and without training are able to detect diseases in humans. In fact, some dogs are trained to detect oncoming epileptic seizures and warn their human companions, while other, untrained dogs can detect physiological changes due to illnesses like cancer.
All right, mind-reading might be a bit of a stretch, but a dog’s ability to read our behaviors is so amazing that at times it appears as if they have read our minds. Dogs use eye contact to gather clues as to what we are thinking and can often pre-determine our next move based on these careful observations.
OK. Prophecy might be a little bit of an exaggeration too, but dogs have shown a remarkable ability to predict natural disasters like earthquakes, tornados, and volcanos. Of course, it appears as if other animals have similar abilities with regard to natural disasters, and how they do it is a bit of a mystery. Many believe that they can hear ultra-low frequency sounds associated with natural disasters while others believe they can detect chemical changes in the air and water that portend a disaster.
5) Navigational Powers
Dogs have an incredible ability to find. their way home, even across unfamiliar terrain and vast distances. Many are the tales of the lost dog who crossed multiple states in order to reunite with its family. The canine’s exceptional sense of smell is believed to be largely responsible for this superpower as it allows Fido to follow familiar scents until he ultimately finds his way home.
6) They Can Corrode Metal
Bet you didn’t see that one coming. Apparently, the acids in a dog’s urine are capable of corroding metals. This is no joke. In 2003, Derbyshire County in England spent £75,000 carrying out a six-month survey of one million lamp-posts amid fears that dog wee was causing the bases to crumple.
So, while your Dane may not exhibit all, or any of these superpowers, all Great Danes have an uncanny ability to melt our hearts, make us smile, and bring joy into our lives. Those are superpowers I think everyone can agree upon.