You might think you know everything about your dog. After all, he is your best friend, is he not? His favorite squeaky toy, his favorite place to nap, his favorite spot to get a rub... these are things that are easy to figure out, but what is he thinking when he wags his tail? What does it mean when he has a dry nose? Are these things indicative of a dog's state of mind or health? What do we really know about dogs?Whether it's a tip from a neighbor or something you read in a book, myths about dogs can steer you in the wrong direction. Some of these sayings and old wives tales have been around for centuries, but, in reality, many are simply myths that amount to bad advice. What are the true dog facts? Here are some of the biggest misconceptions about dogs that just won't die, as well as some truths to help separate fact from fiction.
A Wagging Tail Is A Sign Of Happiness
Dogs wag their tails for a variety of reasons. While it is true that tail wagging is often an indication of happiness, it can sometimes be a sign of fear, anxiety, or nervousness. Rather than looking just at the tail, it is best to pay attention to a dog's overall body language to determine its mood. And, if you are just paying attention to the tail, there are a number of things to consider. According to Psychology Today:
"The tail's position, specifically the height at which it is held, can be considered a sort of emotional meter. A middle height suggests the dog is relaxed. If the tail is held horizontally, the dog is attentive and alert. As the tail position moves farther up, it is a sign the dog is becoming more threatening, with a vertical tail being a clearly dominant signal"
A Dog Ages Seven Years For Every One Human Year
This is really just an over-simplified way of describing the rate at which a dog ages, and it doesn't paint an accurate picture of how a dog matures. For instance, a one-year-old dog is basically like a human teenager, but an eight-year-old dog is like a middle-aged human. Also important but forgotten in the seven-year myth is the size and breed of the dog, which have a lot to do with its aging rate and overall lifespan. It isn't unusual for small breed dogs to live 15-20 years, while giant breeds generally average 7-10 years... although, there are exceptions to all of these standards. Plenty of dogs live to the age of 15 and are far healthier than the humans who live past 100.
Playing Tug Of War With Your Dog Causes Aggression
While many love to spout that tugging games promote dominance confusion and potential aggression, the truth is exactly the opposite. Tug of war games cater to a dog's predatory nature, provide excellent mental and physical workouts, and reinforce bonds with their human companions. When dogs play together, they often take turns acting as both hunter and prey. Many experts encourage this same method of play in tugging games, where each participant take turns being the winner and loser. The most important thing to remember is to end the game if your dog's teeth touch your flesh, opting for a more relaxing activity for a while.
Dogs Eat Grass Because They Are Sick
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It's true that dogs will often throw up after eating a lot of grass. It is also true that your dog may opt for a bit of grass grazing if her tummy is feeling a bit sour. However, dogs mostly eat grass because they simply enjoy it. Dogs descended from wild wolves and foxes that ate all parts of their kill, including the stomach contents of many animals that ate berries and grass. Don't panic if your dog nibbles at the lawn from time to time... but if your dog likes "going veggie," please be alert to keeping her off of grass that has been chemically treated; ingesting it can cause illness.