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Busting 4 Dog Myths

Dogs have been human’s furry best friends for centuries, but there are many misconceptions and myths that surround them. Today we’re going to look at some top dog myths and bust them!

1. Dogs should always have a wet nose

It’s a common misconception that a cold, wet nose on a dog means that it’s healthy. This myth potentially stemmed from a time when ‘canine distemper’ (a deadly virus) was rampant. A symptom of this virus was thickening of the dog’s skin on their nose and footpads. Therefore at this time, it was a good sign that your dog had a wet, cool nose. The wetness, temperature or dryness of a dog’s nose can vary throughout the day. Having a wet nose is not a reliable indicator of your pup’s health. Don’t worry if your dog’s nose is sometimes dry or warm. If their nose is changing colour or texture, then you may have a reason to take your dog for a checkup. But more reliable ways to see if your dog may be ill or injured is changes to their behaviour, temperament and appetite. 

2. Dogs are colourblind

One of the most common myths that surround dogs is that they are completely colourblind. Studies have shown that dogs don’t only see in black and white. Dogs’ eyes actually contain 2 of the 3 photoreceptor types needed to see colour. Dogs can see several colours including shades of yellow, blue and grey. Their range of colours they see is a lot less than what we can see but dogs have the added benefit of being able to see better in the dark. 

3. Dogs only eat grass when they’re sick

Dogs can eat grass when they feel ill or nauseous. However, lots of dogs eat grass for other reasons. These can include boredom, just for fun or displacement behaviours. My reactive dog will usually calm down after seeing another dog on our walk by chomping down on some grass. As long as the grass hasn’t recently been treated with pesticides, etc, they only eat a small amount and it does not make them vomit after eating, then this behaviour does not necessarily need to be stopped. 

4. One dog year equals seven human years

This is another very common misconception and it is not true at all. The first year of a puppy’s life is equal to the first 12 – 14 years of a human, going through many changes and growth spurts. A dogs ‘age’ is dependent on many factors like their genetics, breed and size. Usually smaller dogs can live longer than larger dogs. On average small dogs can live 14 – 18 years and larger breeds typically live 7 – 10 years.

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