Right now there are over 5,000 active PAT dogs working throughout the UK. Every week visiting PAT teams bring comfort and companionship to 1,000’s of people by giving them the opportunity to stroke, hold and talk to one of these calm and friendly animals.
People with complex needs often feel isolated but even the most withdrawn seem to open up and let the barriers down when their PAT dog is around.
These dogs bring an inclusive life closer to those who may feel alone. The companionship of an undemanding animal, that gives unconditional love, is often one of the most rewarding aspects of vulnerable people's lives.
At ubu we love our brilliant PAT dogs; we can't get enough of their cute loving faces. So we wanted to share some facts you probably didn't know about man's best friend:
1. Dogs can read your face
Research shows that Dogs are the only animals in the animal kingdom that can read the emotions on your face much like humans. In other words dogs can tell at a glance if we are happy, angry or sad just by looking at our faces!
2. Dogs can see in colour
It’s a common misconception that dogs are completely colour blind and can only see in black and white. However a dog can actually see colours, just not as vivid or rich as we can.
3. Dogs are hotter than people
Dogs have a higher body temperature than humans; the average body temperature of a dog is 101 to 103 degrees F.
4. Dogs can smell diseases
A recent study conducted at the Schillerhöhe Hospital in Germany concluded that dogs have the incredible ability to recognise the scent of certain organic compounds in the human body linked to the presence of lung cancer. This means our pups may be instrumental in early detection of an otherwise traditionally hard to detect disease.
5. Dogs don’t like second hand smoke either
A number of studies have indicated that dogs face health risks when exposed to the toxins in second-hand smoke which include respiratory problems, allergies and even nasal and lung cancer.
6. No chocolate please
It is true that a chemical in chocolate called 'Theobromine' is toxic and can seriously, even fatally affect your dog if it ingests between 100 and 150 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.
7. Thunderstorms can hurt their ears
Thunderstorms have particular sound frequencies that can hurt dogs’ ears. The fear that your dog shows at the start of a thunderstorm may actually be a reaction to pain.
8. Sweaty paws
Unlike humans who sweat through theirs skin, dogs sweat through their paws. Check it out next time your dog seems to be hot.
9. Nose print identity
Just as humans can be identified by their fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their nose prints because like human fingerprints a dog’s nose print is unique to that dog.
10. Power sniff
Dogs have a powerful sense of smell; so powerful that it has been estimated to be one thousand times more sensitive than that of a human.