Debunking the Myths Surrounding Dogs

Debunking the Myths Surrounding Dogs

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We’ve all heard myths about dogs, and even believed some of them. But there’s more to these myths than meets the eye. Let’s dig in and uncover some of the most common myths about our furry friends and learn what’s actually true!

Myth 1: Dogs Have Cleaner Mouths Than Humans

This is one of the oldest myths out there when it comes to dogs, but unfortunately, it’s not true. While dogs may have cleaner mouths than other animals, their saliva still contains bacteria that can make humans sick. In fact, a study conducted by scientists at the University of Arizona found that dog saliva contains more bacteria than human saliva! So don’t be fooled by this myth—you should still be careful when your pup gives you kisses on the lips.

Myth 2: All Dogs Hate Cats

Contrary to widely held belief, not all dogs hate cats! In fact, many dog breeds are known for getting along well with cats, such as Beagles and Golden Retrievers. Of course, this depends on the individual dog and cat and how they interact with each other. If you want your pup to have a good relationship with your cat (or vice versa), it’s important to introduce them slowly and give them plenty of time to get used to each other. This will help ensure that both animals feel safe and comfortable around each other.

Myth 3: Dogs Can’t See in Color

Dogs only see in black and white. This is false! Dogs can actually see a range of colors. In fact, a study from the University of California Davis concluded that dogs could see a range of colors similar to humans with red-green color blindness. They may not be able to distinguish between all the shades we humans can, but studies have shown that dogs can pick up on certain hues like blue, yellow, and gray. Some breeds like German Shepherds have even been known to differentiate between red and green objects. So don’t feel bad if they don’t seem too excited by that new blue chew toy – it still looks great to them!

Myth 4 – Dogs age seven years for every one human year.

Maybe true but maybe not! This myth has been around for quite some time now, but recent research suggests it isn't entirely accurate. It turns out that the rate at which dogs age depends on the size of the breed; larger dogs tend to age faster than smaller ones. For example, a giant breed like a Great Dane would likely age more quickly than a Chihuahua over the same period of time.

Myth 5:  Dogs are Loyal No Matter What

We may think our furry friends will always be loyal no matter what – but this isn't always true. If mistreated or neglected, some dogs may take their loyalty elsewhere (including running away). It's important to remember that puppies (and even adult dogs) need regular exercise, training, and socialization so they have a healthy relationship with their families and other people they come across during their lives.                

Myth 6: Your Dog Knows What You’re Saying

It might seem like every time you say something your dog perks up, ready for action. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean he understands what you’re saying – and he doesn’t know how to spell either! However, he does understand certain words and phrases – like his name or “walk time!” - through repetition and context clues. He may even recognize facial expressions or tone shifts in your voice when you talk to him.         

There is still so much we don't know about our four-legged friends - which makes getting to know them even more exciting! Hopefully, this article has helped clear up any confusion around common dog myths so you can have an even better relationship with your pup. What we do know I that all dogs need healthy nutritious dog food to thrive, like Health Extension Pet Foods, and they love the taste! Remember - knowledge is power when it comes to understanding our canine companions!

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