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Tall Tails: Debunking Dog Myths

October 16, 2018

 

Dogs are an incredibly important part of our lives, and as such, dog myths - long-held nuggets of so-called truth about our canine pals - have been passed along for generations.

The time has come to expose seven of the most notorious offenders and clear up these bits of "wisdom".

1. If your dog has a dry nose, he's sick.

Myths abound that your dog is ill if his snout isn't damp to the touch. It's true a dry nose could indicate sunburn or allergies (sometimes caused by plastic bowls and toys), but weather and humidity can also change the moisture in your dog's sniffer. If his nose stays dry for days, get it checked to be on the safe side.

2. You can give your dog beer.

Your best buddy shouldn't be your drinking companion. Experts agree that just because dogs may like the taste of beer, that doesn't mean it's safe for them. The same goes for many other human snacks. You eat the people food and your dog should stick to dog food!

3. Dogs see in black and white.

Though they're color-blind, dogs can see a limited number of colors. They can differentiate between blue and red, but they can't distinguish red from green.

4. Dogs are okay in a parked car if the windows are down.

Thankfully, it's becoming common knowledge that leaving your pet in a hot car is a fatal error, but even on a moderately mild day with the windows rolled down, it can be hazardous. The inside of a vehicle can heat up by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. 

5. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

This tired saying is one of the most popular dog myths, but a 2016 study of 95 Border Collies ages 5 months to 13 years proved false. Researchers found that while the younger dogs learned twice as fast as the older dogs, the older dogs eventually caught on. 

6. Dogs only eat grass when they're sick.

False! Research suggests that dogs eat grass to sniff and taste who else has been in their territory. So while your pup may be looking for a stomach soother on rare occasion, they also might just like the taste or are getting a better read at who paid a recent visit to their favorite spot.

7. 1 year for Fido equals 7 years for you.

The math isn't that simple and can vary by the size of your furry best friend. Dogs mature more quickly than we do early on so the first year of their life equates to almost 15 years of ours. 

 

Heard any ridiculous dog myths lately? Share them with us, and let's put an end to fake dog news!