Common Canine Myths

We all know dogs are man’s best friend, but how much do you really know about your dog?

There are a number of common myths and misconceptions about our canine companions, many of which have been around for centuries and continue to persist today. Here we debunk some of the most common canine myths and reveal the rather surprising truth behind them.

You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Says who? We’ve all heard this familiar saying, however there’s no evidence to suggest that this is the case. In fact, your dog can learn new cues and behaviours, within their physical capabilities, across their lifespan and it’s never too late to teach your dog a new trick or two.

Just like us, dogs require plenty of mental stimulation, regardless of their age, and a spot of training can be a great way to keep them entertained and stave off boredom,

Dogs Eat Grass When They Feel Sick

This myth probably stems from dog owners having observed their dogs being sick after eating grass. Whilst it’s true that dogs often throw up after consuming grass, this isn’t necessarily a sign of illness, nor does it mean that they intentionally ate grass to make themselves sick.

There are, in fact, a variety of reasons why a dog may choose to do a bit of grass grazing and some experts believe that dogs eat grass simply because they like it!

Dogs Feel Guilt

Most dog owners report that their dogs often look guilty when being told off and a quick search of YouTube reveals a stream of so-called dog shaming videos, featuring a variety of canines showing off their best shame faces.

However, evidence suggests that dogs don’t actually feel guilt or shame, and this apparent guilty expression isn’t all it seems. In fact, this is merely own our interpretation of a dog’s reaction to receiving a telling off.

A Wagging Tail = A Happy Dog

This is another common misconception. Whilst a wagging tail can be a sign of canine happiness, it can also be a sign of fear, anxiety, irritation and agitation too.

Canine tail-wagging it actually a pretty complex behaviour, and there are subtle variations in the movements of a dogs tail which can indicate their true intentions. If you really want to understand what your dog is trying to communicate, then it’s best to pay attention to their overall body language.

As providers of a professional and friendly dog-training service, we understand dogs and how important they are to you. That’s why we offer a range of services, including obedience classes and dog walking services in Surrey, to help keep your dog happy. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 07734 447 812, to speak to a member of our friendly team.