Dogs are adorable, loving, cute, and loyal. In simple words, they are amazing! These loyal creatures can give you constant companionship, and provide support emotionally.
In fact, a dog is chosen as an emotional support animal more than any other animal. But, there are many misconceptions related to them that many people believe.
You must have heard about different stories and rumors about dogs from different people. These can be about the colors these fur-companions can see. Or about them licking their wounds. It becomes hard to know what to believe. So, it’s important for you to get familiar with various myths and learn the truth behind them. That’s why I have prepared a list of some of the most common myths about our fur-friends. So, let’s get into it.
Dogs can only see in black and white
This is probably the most common myth you will hear about dogs. Earlier it was believed that dogs are colorblind. Many people still believe that it is true. There is still not much clarity about the origin of this myth. But one thing is clear that it is not true.
Dogs can see some color, but the only difference is that their spectrum is limited as compared to humans. Humans and most other primates are trichromatic, which means we have three types of cone cells. While on the other hand, our dogs have only two kinds of cone cells. This makes them dichromatic. These cone cells are responsible for controlling color perception. You can say that the vision of dogs is similar to humans’ red-green colorblindness. Scientists think that dogs can see colors that fall on the blue side of the spectrum. So, your dog might see an orange squeaky toy as blue.
Dogs with warm or dry noses mean they are sick
This one is a very common dog health myth that many of us believe. People often believe that dogs with cold and wet noses are healthy; and the ones with dry or warm noses are sick. The truth is that it is normal for dogs to have warm or dry noses. You should not worry about your dogs’ health if they have warm or dry noses. The wetness of a dog’s nose can be affected by things like dry air allergies or even a nap.
You can not tell how healthy dogs are just by checking the temperature and moisture of their noses. Their noises are often dry and/or warm after they wake up from a nap, which is perfectly normal. However, if the noses of your dogs are constantly dry, cracking, or running, then you should take them to your veterinarian. So, notice the appearance of the noses of your dogs. We all love our pooches and want to ensure that they are always happy and healthy. But, a warm or dry nose does not mean that the dog is sick.
Dogs wag their tails when they are happy
The first thing that we think when we see a dog wagging his tail is that he is happy. Dogs wag their tails a lot to show how pleased they are to see you when you return from home. While this may be true, a wagging tail is not only about showing how happy the dog is. Dogs use both vocals and body language to communicate, and a wagging tail is also a part of that communication.
Paying attention to a wagging tail cannot tell you a lot about that dog’s emotions. It depends upon the speed of wagging and position of the tail, and the overall body language. Tail wagging can be a sign of different emotions of dogs in a particular situation. A wagging tail can also tell you if a dog is feeling anxious, frustrated, or nervous.
You must pay attention to the overall body language of the dog to learn about the emotions of that dog. Notice the stance of your dog, the position of ears, and his eyes as well. There are many people who use dogs as their emotional support animals. And while these adorable creatures support us, we should also reciprocate the love they are providing us.
An old dog cannot learn new tricks
Another common myth that people believe is that you can not teach new tricks to old dogs. While it is true that you must teach your dogs to socialize from an early age, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn once they get older. Ask any pet owners who have adopted an older dog, they will tell you the truth. There are many psychological tricks and regular dog training methods that you can use to train a dog of any age. It is entirely possible to train an older dog. You might have to use a different approach as they might get tired quicker, or maybe suffering from arthritis.