Dog Myths, Facts and Urban Legends

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Many common beliefs about dogs are simply not true.

Myth: Dogs are sick when their noses are warm.

Fact: The only way to find out if a dog has temperature is to measure it with a thermometer.

Myth: All dogs like to be petted on their heads.

Fact: Some do, some don’t.

Myth: If a dog wags his tail it means he’s happy.

Fact: Sometimes dogs will wag their tails out of aggression. A dog that wags his tail slowly and moves his all rear end or crouches down in the classic “play bow” position is usually a friendly wag. Tails that are wagged when held higher, twitches or wagging while held over the back may be associated with aggression.

Myth: Purebred dogs are healthier than mutts.

Fact: There is no scientific evidence to support this. Mutts can sometimes be healthier since their parents weren’t related. On the other hand, it’s really just the luck of the draw.

Myth: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Fact: Dogs of any age can be trained.

Myth: Dogs can’t learn their names, they just come when they need something.

Fact: Dogs can learn their names, and in fact, trainers recommend that the first thing you teach a dog is to recognize his name.

Myth: Never disturb a dog when he’s eating.

Fact: A dog should be trained not to bite when disturbed. The way to do this is to interrupt his eating frequently in order to offer him a special treat.

Myth: Dogs should never eat people food.

While there are food items that we eat such as chocolate and grapes and more, most proteins and veggies in our diets are good for dogs and natural to them too.

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