Debunking Common Myths About Dogs
We all have come across thousands of different statements regarding dogs. Some of these saying about dogs are even centuries old but that doesn’t make it a fact. Right? Many of such statements are not backed up with any rational logic or evidence, which makes them simply myths.
When it comes to dogs, separating facts from fiction is highly important to understand what’s best for your dog. There are a plethora of misconceptions about dogs that have been passed for decades.
To help you not fall into the pit of misconceptions, we will be debunking some common myths associated with dogs. From behavior, health to nutritional needs, there is a pool of misconceptions on the internet, so understanding what’s true & what’s not is crucial.
In this article, we’ve debunked some common myths about dogs:
Misconception #1. A wagging tail means a friendly dog
One of the most common misconceptions that have been floating for centuries is that if a dog’s tail is wagging then it only indicates that he is friendly. A canine’s body language is much complex which is why people often misinterpret them. There can be numerous reason behind tail wagging such as happiness, excitement, fear, anxiety, etc. So, next time you see a dog wagging his tail, make sure to take the owner’s permission before approaching the dog.
Misconception #2. Dogs are colorblind
The next misconception about dogs is that they see the world in black & white color. According to the American kennel club, while dogs may not have a wide spectrum of colors like humans have but they can still see some colors. Studies have proven that dogs see the world similar to a person with red-green color blindness.
Misconception #3. One dog year equals seven human years
Another misconception is that one year dog is equivalent to 7 human years. In reality, a dog’s age depends on many factors such as breed, size, and genetics. Large breed dogs tend to age faster than small breed dogs which is why small breed dogs have a larger lifespan than large breed dogs.
Misconception #4. Old dogs can learn new tricks
Old dogs are as good at learning new tricks as young dogs are. Well, it might take a little more effort to train a senior dog mainly because their body is not as agile as young dogs, but they can definitely learn them.
Misconception #5. Dog mouths are cleaner than human mouths
We all have heard this one as kids but, thinking that your furry companion mouth is cleaner than a human’s mouth is nothing but a myth. This myth is originated from the observation that dogs tend to lick their wounds & heal faster but, the actual reason behind fast healing is not due to their clean mouths, but because of the process of licking. When a dog licks his wounds, the blood circulation increases, which, in turn, boost the healing process.
Dogs love to explore the world with their mouths & noses so thinking that their mouth is clean is truly absurd. Also, some dogs don’t even get their teeth brushed regularly so you can say that there are more germs than you’ve ever thought of.
Misconception #6. Playing tug of war can make the dog aggressive
Most people have a misconception that playing tug of war with the dog can make him aggressive or dominant but the trust is exactly the opposite. Playing tug of war is good for dogs as it helps in giving them proper mental & physical stimulation. It also helps in boosting their confidence and helps in reducing aggression in dogs.
Misconception #7. Dogs hate cats
We all grew up thinking that dogs and cats are enemies which is why they don’t get along together. In reality, both dogs and cats can easily live together in a household, if they are introduced in the right manner.
So, these are some common misconceptions that most dog owners have. To give your dog a better life & to understand them correctly, it is important to separate fiction from fact. Don’t fall for the misconceptions as you can end up taking poor decision regarding your dog’s well-being. Our canine companions are quite complex so you need to stay up-to-date to better understand their behavior & physiology.
Wrapping it up, we can say that being the pack leader, it is your responsibility to verify everything statement before you consider it as a fact. In the digital age, misconceptions can be spread easily so you need to be a well-informed pet parent to set the record straight.
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