Dog "facts" that aren't true

"A powerful tail wag to the right shows gladness at seeing its owner," whereas a gradual wag with the tail kept halfway down might indicate worry.

A happy dog is one whose tail is wagging.

The belief that a dog's consumption of grass indicates impending illness is one of the most pervasive canine myths.

When dogs become unwell, they eat grass to feel better.

True, puppies soak up information like a sponge, but "make no mistake, elderly dogs can learn too," as certified animal behaviourist Trish McMillan puts it.

An old dog can't be taught new tricks.

This assumption that dogs can only see the world in black and white is one of the most common misconceptions about dogs.

Dogs only see in black and white



You should not put any stock in claims that garlic may be used as a treatment. 

Using garlic as a natural treatment for fleas and ticks

In our human encounters, it is second nature to give a handshake or a fist bump, but we must remember that dogs aren't people.

Let a dog smell your hand if you encounter one.

Although canines certainly mature at a faster pace than humans, the seven-to-one ratio isn't entirely right.

One dog year is seven human years.



Professional dog groomer and CEO of Scenthound Tim Vogel says, "Your dog will never have minty-fresh breath, but it shouldn't be intolerable either."

Dogs naturally have bad breath.

However, if your dog typically has a warm and dry nose, you needn't worry about anything. 

Your dog is unwell if its nose is warm and dry.

Although many believe that sterilising their dogs at an early age may prevent behavioural problems later in life, doing so may be a mistake.

Spaying and neutering should begin early in life.

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