Many dog owners have misconceptions about dogs, from behavior and feeding to health care and training. With the immense amount of information available on dog care on the internet nowadays, it’s hard to know true from false. Many of the myths might be harmless, but the main problem arises when a pet owner acts based on any freely available incorrect information which can unintentionally endanger their pet.
To help separate fact from fiction, Dogsee Chew dispels 5 common myths about dogs:
1. Chocolate Will Kill Your Dog
Chocolate in large quantities is indeed very bad for your dog. It could be fatal for your dog, if he or she ingests a lot of chocolates. But there isn’t a need to panic! In most cases, eating some chocolate will make your dog a bit ill, but won’t kill them. Dark chocolates are harmful to your pet, not the white chocolate or milk chocolate. And remember 100%cocoa powder and unsweetened bakers sugar are very harmful for your dog. If your dog ends up eating it, it’s better to consult a vet.
2. Dogs eat their poo because of nutrient imbalance
Eating faeces (also called coprophagia) is quite normal unless there is a medical reason causing the behaviour, in which case there is a potential for it to pose a problem. There is usually more than one cause to coprophagia, viz:
– It can be yummy for the dog
– It’s a learned dog behaviour
– To seek attention
– Duplicating their mother’s behaviour
– Feeding behavior (dogs that are fed only once a day, may use coprophagia to supplement their diet)
3. Cross-breeds are healthier than pure-breeds
Since a mixed-breed puppy has a varied heritage, it’s a common misconception, that mixed-breed puppies are healthier than purebred puppies. It’s all about the genetics, actually. Any puppy inherits genes from each of their parents, and if the parent’s genes pass along the hereditary disease, pups are at a high risk of a genetic disorder. A cross-bred pup has the potential to inherit any and every genetic disorder from every breed in his background.
4. Dogs can eat anything that humans do
Absolutely wrong! Feeding dogs food that humans enjoy can be fatal. Foods that are suitable for our consumption may be poisonous for your dog and can very well pose a serious threat to your pet’s health. Not all human food is bad for dogs, but foods like chocolate, garlic, nuts, grapes and raisins are bad for them. If you have concerns about your dog’s diet, it is best to speak to your veterinarian or canine nutritionist for advice.
5. A dog with a wagging tail means it’s happy and safe to approach.
This is not entirely true. Dog body language needs to be read in context. We also need to take into account what the rest of its body is doing. Different wags mean different things. A tail that is stiff and high, with small vibrations from side to side, which is also accompanied by a stiff posture may mean that he is about to bite. A loose and relaxed wagging tail means that the dog is happy.
Once you’re able to put aside these false beliefs about dogs and their behaviour, you can focus on what really matters, teaching your dog how to be a well-behaved companion