Dog Myths – True or False?

Dog Myths – True or False?

Dogs have been our loyal companions for thousands of years, but despite their popularity, there are still many myths surrounding them. In this blog post, we will debunk some of the most common dog misconceptions providing you with accurate information and a deeper understanding of our canine friends.

1. A Dog Wags His Tail When He’s Happy

   False – A wagging tail can indicate happiness, however it can also show that the dog is anxious or agitated. Don’t assume a dog with a wagging tail can be approached because he is friendly, check with the owner first.

2.  One Human Year is Equal to Seven Dog Years.

False – Many people calculate a dog’s age by multiplying by seven .This is not accurate because dogs age faster at a young age, then the aging process slows down. Also, smaller breeds have a longer lifespan than larger breeds.

3. Dogs Can be Trained to Sniff out Diseases

True – Dogs have the remarkable ability to sniff out cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and other health conditions. This helps provide early diagnosis which is important for successful medical outcomes.

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4. Dogs are Colourblind

False – Dogs do not see colour in the same way that humans do. It is believed that that dogs see the world in shades of blue and yellow.


5.Dogs Eat Grass When They Are Unwell

False – It is true that a dog will eat grass to induce vomiting or aid digestion. However, some dogs just like the taste and it does not always indicate illness.

6. Dogs Can Sense Human Emotions

True –  A dog will pick up signs from the body language of humans. Owners believe that dogs instinctively know when to give comfort and support in times of sadness, pain or anxiety.


7. You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

False – Yes you can! It might take time and patience but an old dog is still capable of learning tricks. However it will take longer than a puppy, who absorbs training exercises like a sponge.


8. Dogs Have the Ability to Sense Earthquakes Before They Happen

False  Dogs can predict environmental changes, however even advanced technology cannot predict earthquakes with accuracy.

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9. Dogs Have Unique Nose Prints

True – Just like human fingerprints, dogs nose prints are just as unique. Each dog has an individual pattern of ridges and creases on their nose which is a viable identification method.


10. Dogs Mouths Are Cleaner Than Humans

False – Dogs mouths do contain antibacteriaal properties to keep them safe from infection. However their mouths also contain harmful bacteria. Remember that dogs explore with their mouth and nose, licking and eating objects that humans consider very unsavoury!


11. Dogs Can Be Fed A Vegetarian Diet

False – While dogs are omnivores and have the ability to digest both plant and animal-based foods, it is generally not recommended to make them strictly vegetarian or vegan.

Some essential nutrients like vitamin B12, taurine, and  amino acids are mainly found in animal-based products and may be lacking in a purely plant-based diet.



12. Dogs Have A Third Eyelid.

True – The third eyelid is located in the corner of the eye and helps with lubrication and protects the eyes from dust.


13. Dominant Dogs Need Harsh Training

False- Using harsh training methods can be detrimental to a dog’s well-being and may lead to fear, anxiety, and aggression. Training based on positive reinforcement helps build trust and a strong bond between dogs and their owners, resulting in happier and more well-adjusted pets.


14. Dogs Use Their Paws To Mark Their Territory

True – We know that a dog marks his territory with urine, however, they also use scent glands in their paws. When you see a dog scratching his paws against the ground he is leaving a scent to communicate with other dogs that he has marked his territory.


15. A Warm or Dry Nose Indicates Illness

False – A warm or dry nose in a dog does not automatically indicate illness. A dog’s nose temperature and moisture can vary throughout the day due to factors like environmental conditions and activity level. A healthy dog can have a warm or dry nose, just as an ill dog can have a cool and wet nose.


 By dispelling these common dog myths  we can enhance our understanding of their behaviour and well-being. This shows that dogs are complex creatures with unique personalities and incredible insights. By treating our canine companions with understanding and respect, we can form stronger bonds and explore more of their amazing capabilities.


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