As the pet-owning population becomes more educated on the facts about dog behavior, there are still a number of dog behavior myths that persist. Some of these myths can be detrimental to your relationship with your dog, so it’s important to know what’s true and what isn’t.
When it comes to training and living with your dog, these are six common dog behavior myths you shouldn’t believe:
Dog mouths are cleaner than human mouths
Dogs actually have just as much bacteria in their mouths as humans, just different varieties.
A dry nose means a sick dog
If your dog’s nose is dry, it isn’t necessarily a sign of illness. Dry noses are usually a sign of sunburn (more common in dogs with pink noses) or allergies.
Dogs can’t see color
Dogs can see colors on the blue and yellow spectrum; however, they don’t have the cone receptors in their eyes to pick out red and green. Regular dog vision is closest to a human with red-green colorblindness.
Dogs only eat grass when they’re sick
Dogs of all shapes and sizes just love a good graze. Dogs will vomit occasionally, after eating certain kinds of grass or eating too much, but it doesn’t indicate that they’re sick.
A wagging tail means a happy dog
Yes, it is true that happy dogs wag their tails, but so do aggressive or agitated ones. Dog body language is much more involved than just setting the tail to “on” or “off.” Gaze, posture, facial expression, and ear position, along with the tail cues, create a range of expressions.
Dogs age 7 years for every human year
In reality, dogs mature much faster, and their size and weight play a large role in their life span – so it’s different for each dog.