4 Myths You’ve Been Told About Dogs

4 Myths You've Been Told About Dogs

Isabella O, Writer

Have you ever wondered if the things you’ve been told about your dog are actually true?  If so, continue reading to find out the facts to the myths you’ve been told about your canine companion.

  • Dogs see in only black and white. 

So I know the statement of “Dogs see in only black and white” goes around a lot and it’s actually false.  Dogs, in fact, can see different shades of grey, yellow, and even blue.  Dogs are not colorblind, they just are missing a receptor in each of their eyes. (humans have 3 receptors and dogs only have 2).

  • Dogs eat grass when they are sick.

Another myth you might have been told is that dogs eat grass when they are sick.  Dogs actually eat grass to settle their stomach and help digest their food.  So don’t worry if your canine is eating grass and then throwing it up, it’s all natural.

 

  1. One dog year equals 7 human years.  

This is a myth I’m sure you’ve heard all your life, but dog years are more complicated than that.  A singular human year for you can equal 15 years for them.  Dogs age at a fast rate their first few years but then slows down to an average of 4 years per human year.

  • A wagging tail means a friendly and happy dog. 

 This statement you’ve been told is also false.  Tail wagging can mean many things such as happiness, excitement, alertness, fear, anxiety and may be a prelude to aggression.  So don’t get these signs mixed up or else you may get bit.

 

So these are just some of the many myths you’ve been told about dogs.  I hope you enjoyed finding out the facts to the myths you’ve been told about your canine companion.