30 August 2018
30 August 2018,

5 Common Dog Myths – that are just that!

Author: Monténé Celliers

Editor: Andrea Wilkins



1. One dog year is seven human years

We all know different dog breeds come in different sizes and don’t all have the same genetics. This affects their lifespan – changing the time at which a dog becomes mature. For example, larger breed dogs don’t live as long as smaller breed dogs, but they mature much faster. Because dogs mature at a very early stage in their life and the ageing process slows down with time it affects the actual age of the dog.


Did you know?

The popular “Dog Years” ratio came from a math question in a text book from the 1960s asking children to figure out a dog’s age using the ratio 7:1?


2. Dogs can only see in black and white

Dogs see similar to people with colourblindness. They can see variations of blue, yellow and grey.


Did you know?

An article in Popular Science from the 1920s started the myth of dogs being completely colourblind based on a study where dogs could very easily tell the difference between different greys, but struggled more with other colours.


3. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Puppies do learn tricks really quickly, but that doesn’t mean an older dog can’t learn anything new. Like with humans habits are hard to break, but with lots of patience, treats and love, you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks.


Did you know?

This is one of the oldest proverbs in the English language. The earliest example of it is in John Fitzherbert’s The Boke of Husbandry, 1534.


4. Dogs eat grass only when sick

The common belief is that dogs eat grass to make themselves vomit after eating something bad. Another belief is that they eat the grass because they have a lack in nutrients. The truth is that they really just like the taste!


Did you know?

A good alternative is to feed your dog wheat grass. Antioxidant activity, breath freshener and digestive aid is just a few of it’s advantages.


5. A human’s mouth has more germs than a dog’s

Most germs in a dog’s mouth is dog-specific and harmless to us, but these do not include where your dog’s mouth might have been. Dogs smell and lick almost everything, so think twice before going in for a face-full-of-slobber kiss. Microscopic worms can easily be transmitted to humans as well as numerous bacteria, especially if your dog doesn’t get his pearly whites brushed often.


Did you know?

Coconut oil is a great natural alternative to store bought remedies for stinky dog breath. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties so it’s not only good for humans, but for dogs too.


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