Dogs are very clever pets that are wonderful in various ways. They can assist police officers in investigations or be cuddly fuzzy companions that become members of your family. There are some common myths about dogs out there; let’s learn what things simply aren’t true.
Wagging Tail Means Happy
One widespread assumption is that a dog wagging its tail means that they’re feeling joyous. Yes, wagging their tail is one way your pup showcases their happiness. But your dog’s general body language and tail posture tell you how they’re feeling currently.
A wagging tail may sometimes indicate worry, dissatisfaction, or uneasiness. Before thinking your dog is on cloud nine because their tail is going wild, check whether they’re standing normally. That paints the bigger picture.
Chewing Cleans Their Teeth Completely
You’ve likely heard the myth that dogs don’t need dental care because chewing will clean their teeth naturally. But that isn’t the case. Ideally, you should take your dog once a year, beginning when they’re two years old. A thorough cleaning will remove excess plaque or tartar buildup, and an X-ray will show whether there is anything more serious happening.
Seven Doggy Years
There’s no question that our furry friends age quicker than us; you don’t see any 85-year-old dogs around. For a long time, people have claimed that one year for a human is seven years for a dog. However, that’s merely an estimation. There are many assumptions and theories, and some evidence shows that smaller breeds stay alive longer than larger breeds, but even that data is ambiguous.
Dogs Are Colorblind
Another little fib is that our pooches can’t see color. While dogs can’t see the full color spectrum that we do, they can see some colors. A dog mostly sees blues, violets, and yellows. Our eyes are somewhat like dogs, but humans have more cones in their eyes, allowing us to see more colors.
Certain Breeds Are More Dangerous
It’s the classic case of nature over nurture. Any dog, regardless of breed, may be violent, just as so-called aggressive breeds can be the kindest, gentlest dogs imaginable. Studies have found that pit bulls, for example, are no more aggressive than any other breed of canine. It all depends on the animal and its surroundings, so legislation demonizing breeds like pit bulls simply contributes to the negative stereotype.
Knowing the common myths about dogs allows you to grasp their feelings more, confidently take them to a doggy dentist, and understand that all dogs are equal. Go home, pet your good boy or girl, and give them a good boop on the nose to show them how much you adore them.