Dog myths, you might have heard some of them and wonder if they were right or all just a fairy tale. There are a lot of myths about dogs going around, and my job here is to help you debunk them.
Thanks to the Internet, there is a lot of dog myth being created. Here I've managed to cover some of the dog myth I've heard from people and friends around me.
Myth #1: Tug of war makes your dog aggressive
It’s a common misunderstanding that losing the game makes your dog have more dominance over you, thus the aggressiveness. But it’s all a myth. According to research, it provides your dog with more confident, and losing or winning the game doesn’t matter at all.
Myth #2: Crate training is cruel
Most people believe that their dog needs open space and don't like small areas like a cage. I can see why you might think that because crates look like a prison. But crate training provides a dog with a sense of security and act as a den for the dog.
Myth #3: Dog & cats can’t be friends
They can be friends, but it’s certainly hard to make them get along. To make them get together, separate your cat and dog area, and introduce them slowly. Give them equal love and don’t play favorites. Your best bet would be to get a puppy and kitten when they’re young so that they will grow up and get along together.
Myth #4: Dogs are color blind
Dogs are not color blind, I also used to believe that dogs were color blind and could only see in black and white because of a scene in the movie “Dogs & Cats,” but I was wrong. According to an experiment, our dogs can distinguish yellow and blue.
Myth #5: Old dogs can’t learn new tricks
"You can't teach an old dog new tricks," you may have heard of this phrase before, it's quite a famous saying. But it's possible to teach your old dog new tricks. They are even more accessible to train than puppies, mainly because they are more developed and can concentrate and focus for a more extended period.
Myth #6: Dogs humping means doing “it”
Another common misunderstanding, dogs humping each other aren't doing "it." I think we all know what "it" means. Dogs humping each other is perfectly normal and are just playing around and usually an act of dominance.
Myth #7: Warm and dry nose means a sick dog
There’s an old myth that if your dog’s nose is warm and dry, your dog has a fever or is sick, which is not always the case. Your dog’s nose may be warm and dry because of the hot weather in the summer or if your house is dry in the winter.
Myth #8: Spaying and neutering your dog will make him fat
No, it won't make your dog fat. The dog will get fat if you overfeed him and don't give him enough exercise. In fact, spaying and neutering him will increase your dog's life span. And also sometimes decreasing aggressive behavior.
Myth #9: Dog wagging their tail means they’re happy
Sometimes maybe they are, but that's not always the case. Tail wagging can also mean fear or even aggression. You should learn to read their body language, especially before approaching a random dog.
Myth #10: Some dog breeds are more aggressive than others
I've heard this from a lot of people. Any breeds can be aggressive, it depends on how we treat the dog. Although larger dogs can be more dangerous simply because of their size, in the end, it all comes down to how the dog was brought up.
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