Dogs have been part of our lives for many millenniums. As an important part of our lives, they become part of our culture, our heritage and even our myths. Dog myths, mysterious kernels of so-called truths about our canines, have been passed down from generation to generation. Often, those myths aren’t based in fact.
We’ve explored seven of the most notorious “myths” about dogs to clear up the misconceptions and add a bit of logical “wisdom” to them instead.
1. Myth: Your Dog’s Dry Nose means They’re Sick
The myth says that your dog is ill if it’s snout is damp. While a dry nose could indicate that your dog has sunburn or allergies (sometimes caused by plastic bowls or toys), the weather and humidity can also change the moisture in your dog’s nose. A dry nose that lasts for days could indicate these issues, so get it checked out by your vet to ensure your pup stays healthy.
2. Myth: Dogs See the World in Black & White
It’s true that dogs are color-blind, but they can see limited colors. For instance, they can differentiate between reds and blues, but they can’t determine that red looks differently than green.
3. Myth: If you leave your car windows down, dogs can tolerate being in a hot, parked car.
It’s pretty common knowledge that leaving your dog in a hot car is hazardous. Not just for your dog, but for any living creature. Even on slightly warm days with the windows rolled down, it can be dangerous for your dog. The inside of a car often heats up by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes.
4. Myth: You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
It’s one of the most popular dog myths, but it’s not true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. A 2016 study of 95 Border Collies between the ages of five months and 13 years proved that old sentiment to be false. Researchers discovered that younger dogs did learn twice as fast, but older dogs were still able to learn.
5. Dogs only Eat Grass to Indicate They’re Sick
This one is a myth for both cats and dogs. Research suggests that dogs consume grass to smell and taste what other people and animals have been in their territory. While your dog may search for a stomach soother on sometimes, they also might just want a taste of the grass or are getting a fuller idea of who has paid a visit to their current location.
6. Dogs Age by 7 Human Years
The way dogs age is not so clear-cut. The process can vary depending on the size of your dog. Dogs mature faster than we humans do early on their lives. The first year of their lives is equal to nearly 15 years in a humans’ life.
Knowing the reality of these dog myths helps you better assess how to care, think and play with your dog everyday. What are some of the most crazy dog myths you’ve heard? Share them with us!