As much as we all love our pets, there are some common things people get wrong about dogs. If you’ve ever been tricked by any of the following myths, don’t feel bad. Maybe our most experienced Pet Sitters couldn’t be fooled by these common misconceptions, but the rest of us were pretty surprised!
Here are the top five things people get wrong about dogs
Myth #1: Dogs are colour blind
It turns out dogs don’t see the world in black-and-white, as we may have previously believed. Dogs may not be able to see all of the colours that we can, but they’re not actually colour blind. Not to get too much into the scientific details, but it’s all about the cones. Humans have three different types of cones, which allow us to see a wide range of colours. Our doggos, though, only have two.
And, this isn’t just one of those interesting things people get wrong about dogs. In fact, understanding dog vision can help us become better Pet Owners! If you want to get doggie toys that your pup will more easily see, go for bright blue and bright yellow. According to the dog experts at Purina, these colours are the easiest for dogs to differentiate.
Myth #2: Dogs have iron stomachs
This myth is a tricky one, because it’s both true and false. Dogs do have incredibly strong stomachs, compared to their human companions. They’ve evolved to be able to eat raw meat without getting sick from bacteria. And today’s street dogs can get into some pretty smelly trash without so much as a second thought.
But, where this myth becomes troublesome is when Pet Owners use it to justify feeding their fur babies table scraps. After all, if a doggo can eat a dead animal, a little leftover chicken can’t hurt right?
Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. Dogs may be adapted to dealing with bacteria, but there are many ingredients that they should never eat. Human foods like onions, grapes, and avocados are just some of the surprising ingredients that are harmful for dogs. You can read more about the foods your dog should never eat to protect your furry friend.
Myth #3: Dogs eat grass when they are sick
Not all dogs eat grass, but there’s a common belief that when they do, it’s because they’re sick. The idea is that the grass will make the dog vomit, which clears their system and makes them feel good as new.
Recently, though, some scientists have pointed out the issues with this idea. First of all, many dogs will eat grass even though they had no previous signs of discomfort. And, many dogs will never regurgitate the grass. So, are there other possible explanations?
Of course! We wouldn’t leave you without some interesting theories. One is that dogs may eat grass as an evolutionary remnant from their wolf ancestors. It’s believed that wolves eat grass as a way to flush their systems of worms. As the grass passes through their digestive systems, the fibrous material acts as a net to drag the worms with them.
The other possible reason? They like it! Grass has an interesting texture and flavour, and some dogs may just enjoy it. That said, if you think your dog is eating too much grass, it might be a good idea to talk to your vet and rule out Pica. Pica is a common eating disorder that can be a sign of a nutrition deficiency, anxiety or boredom.
Myth #4: Dogs love hugs
This is by far one of the most devastating things people get wrong about dogs. We’ve believed for so long that our pups love to be coddled, cuddled, and hugged. How can we possibly have been wrong about that?
But, unfortunately, it’s true. What you might see as a loving hug may be interpreted as unwanted restraint for your fur baby. They also may think that you’re trying to dominate them.
The news isn’t all bad, though. Because every doggo is unique, some dogs may enjoy hugging. You’ll know whether your dog is a hugger if they’re constantly trying to climb onto your lap or fall asleep in your arms. Congratulations, friend. You can be pretty confident that your dog is one of the few that actually enjoys hugs.
The rest? Best stick with those wonderful scratches behind the ears.
Myth #5: You need a big yard to have a happy dog
This one is another of those partially true, partially false statements. It’s the interpretation that matters.
If you’ve got a house with a large yard and plenty of open space for your doggo, that’s great! But it won’t do any good if you’re never around to play with that pup. In fact, without some love and attention, that dog is going to be pretty blue, big yard and all.
On the other hand, you might have a small apartment, but that doesn’t mean that your dog can’t be happy. While some larger breeds simply won’t handle apartments, many dogs can adapt if you give them the attention they need. With plenty of walks outside and some challenging games to play inside, you can have a happy doggo. If you have a small apartment and aren’t around for much of the day, a local Dog Walker is the perfect solution.
Regardless of your setting, first check with a vet to ensure your home is suitable for your desired dog breed.
Now you know the top five things people get wrong about dogs!
We hope that you feel a bit more informed about your furry friend. Bring up these five things people get wrong about dogs at the next office party, get together with friends, or family dinner to keep the knowledge circulating!
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