Two dogs post bath wrapped in towels

All dog parents know what happens after giving a dog a bath: The dog may be clean, but everything and everyone in the splash zone is another story.

But did you know there’s more to your dog’s shake dance than revenge for a bath?

A new study published in the Journal of Royal Society Interface found that mammals shake off excess water in order to prevent hypothermia. A dog can shake up to 70 percent of the water off its fur in about four seconds.

Another interesting finding:

“One thing that the researchers discovered is that the smaller the mammal, the faster it must shake to exert the ideal amount of force on the water droplets. For example, a mouse must shake at a rate of 30 times per second, a cat nine times per second, and a Labrador Retriever only four times per second.”

Read the full article and then tell us on our Facebook or Twitter about your dog’s shake dance!

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Lucy, an 8-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

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