13 “Facts” About Dogs Are Completely Untrue

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Although you may believe yourself to be a true “DOG-Man,” some dog-related knowledge is untrue. Indeed, there is a lot of false information regarding dogs that the general public takes at face value. Even though these incorrect “facts” are unharmful, we should cease spreading them. These 13 “facts” about dogs are completely untrue.

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A dog is always happy when its tail is wagging

Your dog’s tail wags are similar to a furry handshake. Wagging, however, can also indicate fear, worry, or enthusiasm. Thus, observe their other body language as well as the wag manner to gain insight into their true thoughts. But normally, when a dog wags their tail fast, it means they are happy.

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Dogs eat grass when they are sick

Have you ever seen dogs grazing on grass? Remain calm. Dogs may graze on greens to aid with digestion or for enjoyment. It is not a symptom of disease; it is just like their salad. Chances are they are just enjoying their inner herbivore, so keep an eye on them.

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Every dog enjoys fetching

Not every dog has a fondness for fetch. Some people are natural athletes, while others just want to relax. If your dog is not a fetch enthusiast, that is okay. Find their special interests, whether it is chasing butterflies or just relaxing on the couch.

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A dog that has a warm nose is healthy

The temperature of your dog’s nose is not a reliable indicator of their health, despite popular belief. Dogs can have their nose warm or cold for a variety of causes, such as sunbathing or just waking up. Thus, use more trustworthy signs to assess their well-being.

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Dogs see ‘only’ black and white”

Forget this myth, as dogs do not live a boring life. Although they do not see color like we do, they do see some. Imagine it more like an old-fashioned film than a black-and-white television. Thus, feel free to infuse their life with some color.

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Dogs wag their tails when excited

Excitement on its own alone lacks the complexity of tail talk. Dogs may wag due to a variety of emotions, including enthusiasm, fear, or caution. Keep an eye on the height of the wag, direction, and pace. It is how they communicate with you when they do not bark.

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If you meet a dog, let it sniff your hand

No, it is not always safe to do so. Dogs do socialize when you offer your hand to lick. However, not all dogs are the same, and some might take it as a sign of aggression. There is always a risk of biting; thus, upon meeting a dog, maintain distance.

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You cannot teach new tricks to an aging dog

Forget the adage that says that the learning capacity of a dog decreases with age. Even though they may require more time, older dogs are nevertheless open to mental challenges. For them, age is nothing more than a number, whether they are learning a new skill or just lounging around with you.

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Seven human years are equal to one dog year

The 7:1 ratio is oversimplified. Dogs mature more slowly as they get older. It is like life is a sprint in puppyhood and a stroll in their golden years. Therefore, rather than using a general formula, determine the age of your dog based on their stage of life.

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Cats and dogs cannot live together

Who says that cats and dog felines cannot share a home? These two species can cohabit if they are introduced gradually and with a dash of affection. Some might even become lifelong friends, sharing warm places and comfortable nooks. The goal is to create a tranquil pet community all under one roof.

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Dogs should eat only dog food

While that makes logical sense because dog foods are specially created for our furry friends, it is however not a fact. They can eat other foods such as grains and vegetables, but in moderation. Always speak with the dog’s veterinarian before introducing new food in a dog’s diet.

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Dog only bark

While barking is the common way with which they communicate with us, they are also capable of ‘talking’ to us with different vocalizations to get our attention or to make us aware of danger. For example, they can howl or whine or growl, depending on the situation, to get our attention. Understanding what they mean is important.

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Dogs can learn to swim naturally

It is not necessary for all dogs to be natural swimmers. Some pups are naturally friendly towards water and will adapt quickly while others will not. Do not operate under the assumption that a dog will learn to swim on its own. They need to be taught how to swim safely.


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