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Things you didn't know about your dog

Happiness is a warm puppy

Us Brits are notorious for our love of animals and man has been domesticating cats and dogs for thousands of years. Cats were worshipped as gods by the ancient Egyptians and dogs helped man to hunt and protected him.

The dog has always been man's best friend - affectionate, reliable and faithful. Fiercely protective, our dogs always know when we feel upset and take care of us unquestionably.

Your dog may be your greatest friend and partner in crime, the source of companionship and comfort. You’ve probably shared many happy moments with your dog, but how much do you really know about your furry friend?

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It’s raining cats and dogs

The reason your dog might not like going outside in bad weather isn’t because they hate getting wet. Rain amplifies sound, making your dog’s hearing even more sensitive.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Dogs are now able to ‘sniff out’ cancer in humans. Research shows that dogs could detect the different chemicals in a person’s breath.*

Let sleeping dogs lie

Scientists are convinced that dogs dream as their eye movements are similar to humans. However, nobody knows what they dream about…

Every dog has their day

The first living mammal to orbit the Earth was a stray dog called Laika sent into space by the Russians. Her daughter went on to have four puppies with John F. Kennedy’s dog Charlie.

Hair of the dog

Touch is the first sense dogs develop, as all puppies are born blind, deaf and toothless. Dalmatians are completely white when born, although spots gradually appear in a few weeks.

John Lewis Pet Insurance

Whichever breed of dog you choose, it's worth having your furry friend covered against illness and injury. John Lewis Pet Insurance provides high-quality pet cover which is excellent value for money.

All of our pet policies include a wide range of benefits and your pet could be covered for vet fees up to £12,000 each year, as long as your policy is renewed and your premiums are paid.

This includes complementary treatments such as hydrotherapy and physiotherapy carried out by your vet or on the recommendation of a vet if carried out by a member of one of our agreed Associations.

Our pet policies also include puppy insurance, covering your dog from as young as eight weeks old and with no upper age limits, your beloved pet is insured for the long term as long as your policy is renewed and premiums are paid.

For further tips and advice, please see our quick guide (PDF).

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