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DEBUNKING: 8 Common Dog Myths

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Have you ever heard someone say that dogs are color blind or that 1 dog year equals 7 human years? But is that REALLY true?

Let's discuss 8 common dog myths:


#1. Dogs Only See in Black and White

Dogs can see some colors, even though they don't see them as clearly as humans do. They can see colors like yellow, blue, and different shades of gray.

Dogs have special cells in their eyes called "color receptors" that help them see colors. They just have fewer of these cells than humans do, which makes their color vision less bright. Kind of like if you had a few crayons missing from your box - you could still draw a picture, but it wouldn't be as colorful.

 Because dogs can see some colors, it makes it easier for them to do things like find their favorite toy in a pile of stuff or chase after a ball in the park. So even though their color vision isn't as good as ours, it still helps them do all the fun things they love to do!

Next time you see a dog playing or sniffing around, remember that they're seeing the world in their special way. Even though they might not see all the colors we do, they can still tell apart some colors like yellow and blue.


#2. A Warm, Dry Nose Means a Dog is Healthy

You might have heard that if a dog has a warm, dry nose, it means they're not feeling well. But did you know that's not always true? While a cold, wet nose can sometimes mean a dog is healthy and hydrated, the temperature and moisture of a dog's nose can change throughout the day.

 It's kind of like how your hands might feel warm or cool at different times, depending on what you're doing or how you're feeling. So just because a dog's nose feels warm and dry one moment doesn't necessarily mean they're sick.

When it comes to checking a dog's health, there are other important things to look out for besides just their nose. Things like how much they eat, how active they are, and how they're acting can give us clues about their health. If a dog's nose feels warm and dry but they're still eating, playing, and acting like their usual self, they're probably okay. But if they seem tired, not interested in food, or acting differently than usual, it might be a good idea to take them to the vet to ensure everything's okay.

#3. One Human Year Equals Seven Dog Years

Have you heard that for every year a human grows older, a dog grows older by seven years? Well… That's not entirely true! Dogs age in a different way than humans do. They don't just age seven times faster than us. The way a dog grows older depends on lots of things, their size and their breed. Some dogs are big, like Great Danes, and some are small, like Chihuahuas. And because they're different sizes and breeds, they don't all age at the same rate.

So, how do we know how old a dog really is? Well, it's not as simple as just multiplying their age by seven! To figure out a dog's age more accurately, we need to think about what kind of dog they are. Big dogs have shorter lives than smaller dogs, and their bodies might grow older faster too. And just like how some people might be healthier than others, some dogs might be healthier than others.

#4. Dogs Eat Grass Only When They're Sick

You might have heard that when dogs eat grass, it means they're not feeling well. But did you know that's not always true? While some dogs might munch on grass because their stomachs feel upset, lots of dogs actually just like eating grass. It's kind of like how some people might enjoy snacking on chips or carrots. Dogs might think grass tastes interesting, or they might want to check it out because it's something new and different. So, if you see a dog munching on some grass, they might just be having a little snack!

Eating grass is a natural behavior for dogs, kind of like how they might sniff around or wag their tails. Grass eating is considered pretty harmless for most dogs. But if a dog eats grass and then seems sick or doesn't feel well, that's when it's important to pay attention. If a dog has other symptoms, like throwing up or acting tired, it might be a good idea to take them to the vet.

#5. Dog Mouth is Cleaner Than Human Mouth

It's a common belief that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's. While it's true that dogs' saliva contains antibacterial properties that is capable of fighting certain germs similar to hand sanitizer, their mouth can still have harmful bacteria. Salmonella and E. coli, known to cause illness in humans, are among the bacteria that may live in a dog's mouth.

Therefore, caution is advised when allowing dogs to lick our faces or any wounds we may have. Even though the risk of illness from a dog's lick is usually low for most people, we need to make sure we're keeping ourselves safe too! That means being cautious when dogs lick our faces, especially around our mouths and nose where germs can easily get in. It's also important to be careful if we have any cuts or scrapes because bacteria from a dog's mouth can get in and make us sick.

#6. Dogs Only Wag Their Tails When They're Happy

You might think that when a dog wags its tail, it's always feeling happy, but that's not entirely true!

Yes, dogs use their tails to talk to us, and they can say lots of different things with their tail. While a big, loose wag might mean a dog is feeling happy and excited, they can wag their tails for other reasons too.

Sometimes, a dog might wag its tail when it's feeling scared, nervous, or even mad. That's why it's important to pay attention to other things a dog is doing, like how its ears are positioned or if it's making any sounds, to understand how it's really feeling.

So, how can we understand what a dog's tail wag really means? By looking at how fast a dog is wagging its tail, which direction it's wagging in, and if its tail is stiff or relaxed, we can get clues about how the dog is feeling.

For example, if a dog is wagging its tail slowly and its tail is low, it might mean the dog is feeling scared or shy.

But if a dog's tail is wagging quickly and it's held up high, it could mean the dog is feeling happy or excited. By paying attention to a dog's whole-body language, we can better understand what it's trying to tell us.


#7. Dogs Don't Need Training if They're Well-Behaved

You might think that if a dog behaves well, it doesn't need any training, but that's not true! Training is very important for all dogs, whether they're well-behaved or not. Even a well-behaved dog still benefits from training.

Training isn't just about teaching a dog to sit or stay; it's also about keeping their brains busy and helping them understand what's expected of them. By doing training activities with their owners, dogs can stay sharp and learn new things.
Training isn't just good for dogs—it's great for their owners too! When we train our dogs, we're building a special bond with them. When our dogs learn to follow rules and behave well, it makes life easier and more fun for everyone in the family. So, even if a dog already knows how to sit and stay, there's always something new to learn together through training sessions.

Training helps dogs understand what's right and wrong, so they can be good members of the family and the community. Plus, when dogs know what to do in different situations, they feel more confident and happier.


#8. All Dogs Naturally Know How to Swim

You might think that all dogs know how to swim, but that's a myth! While many dogs can paddle in the water and stay afloat, not every dog is a natural-born swimmer.

 Some dogs, like Bulldogs and Pugs, might find swimming a little tricky. Dogs with short noses and heavy bodies might have a hard time staying above water. That's why dog owners need to pay attention to their dog's swimming skills and be careful when introducing them to water.

So, how can we help our dogs learn to swim safely? Well, just like how we learn to swim with a grown-up watching us, dogs need someone to keep an eye on them too! Proper supervision is key when dogs are learning to swim. By staying close and watching for any signs that our dog might need help, we can make sure they stay safe in the water. It's also a good idea to take things slow and let our dogs get used to the water gradually. By starting with shallow water and using things like flotation devices to help them stay afloat, we can help our puppies feel more confident and comfortable in the water.

Investing in quality floating devices such as Dog Floating Vests and Float Dog Rafts can be crucial if your dog faces difficulties in the water. Personally, I find that engaging my dog in water activities like playing fetch with Chuckit and Flying Disk is an excellent way to encourage their enjoyment in water.

Even though not all dogs are born with fins like fish, with a little help and patience, they can learn to enjoy swimming safely. By paying attention to our dogs' unique abilities and needs, we can help them have fun splashing around in the water while keeping them safe.


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