5 October 2015

10 Myths about Dogs You Shouldn’t Believe

There are a lot of myths about dogs that many people believe to be fact. From myths about dog health to myths about their behaviour, here are ten that you shouldn’t believe.

If your dog’s nose is warm, your dog is sick.

This isn’t true at all. Being in a warm, dry environment can cause this, and so can taking a long nap. If your dog’s nose is crusty, then he might be sick, but check with a vet to be sure.

Dogs age 7 years for every one human year.

Dogs do age quickly, especially in the early years. One minute they’re tiny pups, and it seems that in a blink they’ve become fully grown dogs. However, there’s no exact equivalent of ‘dog year’ to a human year and it varies by breed--smaller dogs tend to live longer than large breeds.

Dogs are colour blind.

Scientists have learned that dogs actually see in shades of blue, green and yellow.

Feed your dog garlic to kill fleas.

Not only is this ineffective, but too much garlic can be toxic to your dog.

Only male dogs lift their legs to pee.

Some dominant females do this, and they ‘hump’ things, too.

Happy dogs wag their tails.

Dogs wag their tails in anticipation of something. The height of the tail indicates what a dog is feeling. A tail wagging low or between the legs can mean she’s timid, shy or fearful and doesn’t want to challenge. A high waving tail indicates more confidence and a dog that wants to control the situation.

Indoor dogs can’t get heartworm and don’t need protection.

Heartworm is caused by mosquitoes. If a mosquito can get in your house, your dog needs protection.

Mutts are healthier than purebred pooches.

All dogs can get sick, though some species are genetically predisposed to certain illnesses.

A growling dog is a mean dog.

Dogs growl as a warning because they are feeling threatened or vulnerable. This is a natural part of their communication and should be taken very seriously. Your dog will use this communication in a situation where she is not comfortable and she could deal with the ‘threat’ if it persists. Know your dog and keep her feeling safe with your strong leadership and guidance.

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