7 Common “Facts” About Dogs That Are Actually False

Tail Wagging Indicates Happiness, but Not Always: While a wagging tail often signals a happy dog, nuances exist; a fast wag to the right conveys joy, while slow wags halfway down may suggest fear or insecurity, and a high, fast wag could indicate fear or aggression.

Grass Eating Doesn't Always Signal Sickness: Dogs may eat grass for various reasons, not just sickness; it could be for taste, hunger, or as a natural antacid, dispelling the myth that grass consumption always points to illness.

Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks: Contrary to the saying, old dogs can learn, provided their mental faculties are intact, although those with vision, hearing, or mobility issues might face challenges in training.

Dogs See Limited Color, Not Just Black and White: Dogs are bichromatic, not seeing just black and white; they perceive limited colors, often confusing greens and reds due to having two types of cones in their eyes compared to humans' three.

Garlic is Toxic, Not a Flea Remedy: Dismissing the myth, garlic is toxic to dogs and doesn't act as a flea remedy; its ingestion risks serious conditions like Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.

Approaching Dogs: Skip the Handshake: Contrary to the instinct to offer a hand, letting a dog sniff is a myth; sticking out your hand may be perceived as aggression, and it's safer to wait for the dog to approach calmly.

Bad Dog Breath Signals Health Issues: Bad dog breath isn't normal and could indicate underlying health problems, particularly dental issues; chronic bad breath might be the initial sign of dental disease, impacting overall health.