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  • Marcy Santos

Myths and Misconceptions: Dogs

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Many of us have dogs we know and love in our lives, and we have probably heard some (if not all) of these myths and misconceptions about dogs in the past. Below are 5 common misconceptions about dogs.

Dogs Shouldn’t Eat Human Food

Although you may not want your dog to get in the habit of begging for scraps from the table, there are plenty of human foods that are just fine for dogs. Dogs can eat a variety of foods including fruit, vegetables, and meat. Of course, dog food is also specifically formulated to provide your dog with all the nutrients it needs, but their diet can be balanced with homemade recipes. Consult your veterinarian to assist you with developing the optimal nutrition plan for your dog.

Dogs are Color Blind

This is false! Dogs can actually see color, but their spectrum of color is just limited. Check out this video to see an example of your dog’s view of the world. Although their vision is limited, their heightened sense of smell more than makes up for their vision, and allows them to sense their surroundings quite easily.

For Every Human Year That Passes Dogs Age 7 Years

Although it is true that dogs age faster than humans, it is not actually the 7 years that people so often claim. The rate at which your dog age varies by size of your pet, breed, and other health factors. Regular physical exams from your veterinarian will help you prevent any problems that may arise in your pets brought on by age, and will help ensure a long and happy life for your canine companion.

Dogs Can Feel Guilty

Believe it or not, just because your dog looks guilty doesn't mean he is guilty! Do you ever feel like your dog actually knows he did something wrong? Most likely he is actually responding to your physical behavior, and your dog is probably aware that you are upset because of your body language. Dog's can't relate a past action to a future response, so the best way to teach a dog not to do something is in the moment that it's happening.

You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Thinking of adopting a senior pet? Don't worry, this one is definitely not true! With kindness and a little additional patience, old dogs can still learn new tricks. In fact, learning new tricks will help your senior dog stay sharp and active into their old age. Keep on teaching them new tricks, just be mindful of any physical limitations they face due to their age.

What other myths have you heard about dogs? Were you surprised by any of these?


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