14 Silly Myths About Dogs That People Still Believe
Dogs have cleaner mouths than humans.
Dogs and cats are mortal enemies.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Dogs only wag their tails when they're happy.
Dogs use their tails to communicate many different moods. To really understand what kind of mood a dog is in, look at the whole package — especially the ears and eyes.
Dogs only see in black and white.
Contrary to popular belief, dogs can see in color - just not in the same way a human does. If you're curious how your pup sees the world, check out Dog Vision.
Dogs can't look up.
Yes, they can. A popular quote from the 2004 horror comedy, Shaun of the Dead, claimed that dogs can't look up, but it's bollocks.
You can tell if your dog is healthy by his cold, wet nose.
False! Dog noses fluctuate between cold and warm, wet and dry. If your dog's nose is dry and cracked, that's a different story.
Dogs age in human years.
Dogs don't age like humans, or even other dogs! Breed, size, and genetic makeup affect how your dog ages.
Dogs can see ghosts.
The jury is still out on this one. We do know for sure that dogs have much more powerful hearing and sense of smell and can detect changes in the environment unnoticeable to humans. Also we don't know if ghosts are real.
Pit bulls have locking jaws.
That's just silly! Pit bulls jaws work like every other dogs.
Dogs eat grass when they are sick.
Dogs just like to eat grass. It's totally normal and nothing to worry about.
Rubbing your dog's nose in his mess teaches him to not do it.
Dogs don't thrive on a vegan diet.
Unlike cats, dogs are omnivores and do well on a vegan diet. Do some research, and make sure your dog is getting the proper nutrients.