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Common Dog Myths That Just Aren’t True

By: joel stice

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Dogs age seven years for every human year: This widely believed myth oversimplifies dog aging and varies based on breed and size.

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Dogs are colorblind: While dogs don't see colors the same way humans do, they can perceive certain colors.

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A dry nose means a sick dog: A dog's nose can be dry for various reasons and isn't always an indicator of illness.

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Dogs eat grass only when they're sick: Dogs may eat grass for various reasons, including curiosity or dietary needs, not just when they're unwell.

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Dogs wag their tails when they're happy: Tail wagging can indicate a range of emotions, not just happiness, and should be interpreted in context.

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Dogs have cleaner mouths than humans: Dogs' mouths contain bacteria, and their cleanliness depends on their oral hygiene and environment.

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One human year equals seven dog years for all breeds: Different dog breeds have varying lifespans and age at different rates.

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Dogs should eat only raw meat: While some owners choose a raw diet, dogs can thrive on a balanced, commercially prepared diet.

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Dogs that growl are always aggressive: Growling can be a dog's way of communicating fear, discomfort, or other emotions, not necessarily aggression.

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Dogs need to have a litter before being spayed: There are no health benefits to letting a dog have a litter before spaying, and it's recommended to spay/neuter to prevent certain health issues.

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