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5 Dog Myths Debunked

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding dogs, but what are the most common ones?

Whether you are an experienced or new dog owner, having the right information at your disposal goes a long way in helping shape your dog’s life.

While every pet owner will have their own tried and tested advice, that may not only be specific to their dogs, it may also be very wrong. You would be amazed with the amount of emails we get from dog owners, who are still falling for the same old dog myths that have been around for a long time.

We have looked though your queries and created our top five misconceptions about dogs.

Tail Wagging:

If your dog is wagging its tail they are happy or excited right? Wrong! Research has shown that tail wagging can also be linked with fear and anxiety. Look at the position of the tail, if its high or low, and judge the dog’s body language before assuming everything is OK.

Doggy Breath:

It’s not normal for you dog to have smelly breath. If your dog’s breath smells, it could be a sign of dental problems. Make sure you have a regular oral hygiene routine in place for your dog. If the smell wont go away, see your vet.

A Varied Diet:

Chopping and changing your dog’s diet is not good for them. Swapping from one food to another, without a gradual build up, can lead to diarrhea and other digestive problems. Dogs need a set routine of high quality food stuffs.

Garden Exercise:

Your dog gains little to no exercise from just walking around your garden. They use the garden to explore and to go to the toilet. It does not fulfill their base instinct to act as a pack animal. Dogs need walking once a day, with the distance determined by the breed and age.

Humping:

It’s not just male dogs who like to hump things. Female dogs are just as likely to hump another dog, not for mating purposes, but it is a way to show their dominance.

Got any dog myths that you need debunking? Leave them in the comments below and we will answer them for you.

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