5 Myths about Dogs You Shouldn’t Believe
If you’re in search of the perfect pet, you might have considered taking a dog first – and we definitely encourage your choice. Similarly, if you’re already a dog owner, people around you might offer you information about your dog that you’ve never seen or heard before. Since they’re not only man’s best friend, but also some of the most intelligent animals in the world, dogs offer us many things but need to be offered a lot, too: attention, safety, love, and care. Apart from that, we need to know them very well and not judge them as harshly as some people do.
You might be in search of information about the best breed to fit your character, you might listen to other dog owners’ opinions and you might find the best-looking dog that you’ve always dreamt of but came across a lot of myths that have not been proven yet. If you’re not convinced of the fact that getting a dog is a great decision for you and your family, due to the general opinions heard from some people around you, we’re here to clear your thoughts. Let’s debunk the most common dog myths and bring truth to the surface.
- Dogs need to be fixed at a specific age
There is a commonly discussed controversy about the age you should have your dog fixed. While some veterinarians claim that you should have your dog spayed or neutered before it reaches the sexual maturity, some others advise their patients to wait for them to grow older in order to have it fixed. Truth is, there is no perfect age for dogs to be sterilized and this moment differs from one breed to another. Some dog breeds are more exposed to diseases if the owner is not well informed about this, so don’t believe anyone and do the right thing, with the right advice received from your dog’s vet, which should be based on investigations and results.
- Giving your dog the chance to have sex before being neutered or spayed is good
Lots of people wait for their dogs to give birth to puppies just because they have heard that this is good for the dog’s health. Letting your dog grow puppies only for experience will only turn into a struggle for you to find owners for those puppies and you might also be left with your heart broken during this process if you get too attached. Do the right thing at the right time and do not listen to anyone.
- Learning new tricks is not possible for old dogs
It’s true that puppies are more receptive to learning new tricks, as they are more active and eager to play and be rewarded, but old dogs are also wise and sharp when it comes to learning new tricks. Not to mention the fact they don’t mind at all receiving attention and treats every time they perform and make you smile. An old dog might even understand your words better and already know what to do and how to react, so if you’re thinking of learning your old dog some new tricks, just go for it. It’s never too late to teach your dog something new and – who knows – it might even turn out to be an activity from which you both learn something.
- Dogs should always have their noses wet
This is another myth that needs to be debunked forever. There is no connection between a dog’s health and a wet nose and this is why a dry nose has nothing to do with their well-being. In fact, dog’s noses go from wet to dry in minutes, depending on the temperature they’re exposed to and the activities they perform. Do not panic and again, do not trust anything you hear.
- Wagging tails are signs of happiness
It’s true that a dog will wag its tail when you talk with it, you play with it or when you intend to take it out for a walk- as a sign of happiness, eagerness, and excitement. But these are not the only situations in which a dog wags its tail. Sometimes, this can be a sign of boredom, fear or even aggression. Moody dogs can also wag their tails and, if misinterpreted, these situations can be dangerous for you.
Loyal, funny and very loving, dogs manage to win our hearts with everything they do. As you can see, there are a lot of things we misinterpreted about them and, depending on the dog’s habits and on the breed, characterizing them might be a tough job. Try to take your information from reliable sources before purchasing or adopting a dog and make sure you take into account that they are all unique and generalization is not advisable in this situation neither.