5 Myths About Dogs – BUSTED!

There is so much we thought we knew years and years ago about our 4 legged companions.

5 Myths About Dogs - BUSTED!

Over the years, so much has changed as we have learned more and more about them as time goes by. And I believe we still have much to learn. While some things still ring true today, there are many which are now considered myths. That being said, some people still swear by them.

So, what is true and what is not? How are we suppose to know what is a myth and what is fiction?

Let’s take today and learn 5 myths about dogs which have been – BUSTED!

1. MYTH – Dogs Are Color Blind

BUSTED! Dogs are not completely color blind. The color range a dog has, comes no where near what we as humans see. However, they do have the ability to see mostly yellows, blues and violet.

To get a bit more technical – dogs and humans both have two types of photoreceptors (rods and cones). The human eye has more types of cones while the canine eye has more rods. Also, dogs do not have what is called fovea. Fovea produces those sharp visual details that humans can see. Which is also why dogs have amazing night vision compared to us.

2. MYTH – If a Dog Is Wagging His Tail, It Means He Is Happy

BUSTED! I mean… yes a dog wags his tail when he is happy, but that is not always the case. Tail wagging can mean so many other things. You just have to be able to read the rest of the dog’s actions, look at his eyes, his behavior etc… Tail wagging can be a sign of a dog feeling anxious, fearful, nervous, and so forth.

3. MYTH – Only Male Dogs Will Hump Other Dogs

BUSTED! This myth might be a better-known one nowadays, but it was believed long ago that only a male dog would show such behavior. Males can hump other males, males can hump females, AND females can hump males, and females can hump other females. It can also be a behavior signal rather than a “let’s get it on.” Research tells us females will do this in an act of dominance however they will do it if they are feeling frisky, playful etc…

4. MYTH – Dogs Who Eat Grass Are Sick

BUSTED! Yes…. and no… see, dogs can be known to eat a large amount of grass in order to help themselves get something icky out of their tummy, but there are some pooches out there who simply like to graze. Some like the taste, weird, but true. You do want to make sure if your dog is a grazer, to keep him away from areas which might have grass that has been treated with anything.

5. MYTH – A Dog’s Mouth Is Cleaner Than a Humans

BUSTED! Even though most germs in a dog’s mouth are not harmful to humans, there is still much to be said about this one.

Did you know by the age of 4, 80% of all dogs will have some form of gum disease?

What a whopping huge number! So let’s think for a second. Humans (most) brush their teeth twice a day, floss to get all the yuck out of our teeth and follow up with regular dental visits and cleanings. So technically your dog’s mouth widely depends on how you care for it. That being said, even if you brush your dog’s teeth twice a day, take him to the vet for regular teeth cleanings etc… the fact still remains that a dog is a dog is a dog. Dogs lick their butt, they eat nasty things, I mean… they are dogs! So is a dog’s mouth cleaner than a humans? I would say no, but keeping his teeth well kept is always a good idea.

Following up on myth number 5, I found a cool fact while I was doing research and I wanted to share it with you.

Myth #5 says a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. Have you ever wondered where that bit of information came from? Well… Veterinarian and author of Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner’s Soul, Marty Becker says that he believes it comes from a dog licking their own wounds. When a dog licks his wounds, they do tend to heal faster. But this is because it helps get rid of dead tissue quicker. The same sort of idea as for when we humans have surgery and the doctors clean the wounds out, getting rid of the dead tissue in order for the skin to heal.

So sadly… there is no magic doggie tongue that heals wounds fast. Their instinct simply tells them to clean the area of a wound to help it heal.

Did you enjoy our myth busting post?

If so, let me know in the comments, and I’ll do another 5 in my next article! 

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Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired everyday by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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12 Responses to 5 Myths About Dogs – BUSTED!

  1. Mark says:

    I can confirm that #3 is a myth. My female dog growing up liked to hump my other female dog. I think it was a dominance thing

  2. I love some great myth buster especially when it comes to our furry pals. I can confirm myth # 4, my Goldens are always grazing on the grass in our backyard and they definitely don’t have upset tummies. Weirdly enough, I think they just like the taste of it hence the reason why we don’t treat our yard with anything that would be harmful to them.

  3. Jana Rade says:

    Actually, there was an episode of Mythbusters where they tested the cleanliness of dog’s versus human mouth and the dog indeed did win as having less crap than the human ;-)

  4. Haha yes! These are some really popular myths. Beau is a naturally timid dog. We’ve been working with him on socializing and desensitizing. When he first meets someone he will bark with hackles up, but guess what? His tail still wags. For Beau, the hackles are the giveaway that he’s unsure and that person should not approach. As the owner, I do of course warn others away and work with Beau on redirection.

  5. Dash Kitten says:

    Now as a cat owner I had no idea about most of these.

    I thought dogs (and cats) eat grass to be sick, not becuase they might like the taste!


  6. We enjoyed your myth busting post. I cringe when people say a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a person’s!

  7. I used to believe in Myth #3 about humping – until I owned a female dog. I think the girls like to hump more than the boys! My dogs also like to nibble on grass. My springers really liked the grasses that grew next to streams. I just wish they’d eat part of the lawn so I wouldn’t have to mow it so much! LOL

  8. Ruth Epstein says:

    Great post about the myths, I have seen females humping males in the park and then everyone yells get a room at a hotel LOL. As for grass that is new, I thought it was only because they were feeling icky. Regarding the clean mouth, I have been told that if you have a wound you should let your dog lick it as it will heal faster so thanks for that point.

  9. Monika says:

    Good to know! I know they say that if a cat is eating grass it is sick. Now I am not sure if that is a myth too :)

  10. You busted me! I thought all but one of the statements was true. Thank you for educating me!

  11. Love these! My personal favorite is the grass myth buster – it is important to know that some dogs just like to graze on grass. Once we learned this we started adding a little bit of wheatgrass, or kale, or something of that nature, chopped up, into our pup’s meals!

  12. Cathy Armato says:

    Great myth busting! #5 is particularly concerning, as way more dogs than most people know have dental disease! I was a bit horrified to learn about #3 when one of my female dogs started displaying that behavior to my other female dog! It’s apparently a common dominance thing, LOL!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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