Monday, October 9, 2017

Some Dog Myths Debunked

Here are some common myths and misconceptions about dogs which have been found to be untrue.

Myth: Dogs and cats do not mix
Ask anyone that has a mixed, multi-pet household and they would be quick to tell you this isn't the case.  There are some breeds such as huskies which have a strong prey drive and some pets that just can't get along, but there are plenty of households that have both cats and dogs living harmoniously.   Important to note: introducing younger pets as kittens and puppies have a better chance for a successful outcome.

Myth: One human year equals seven dog years
The process of determining the age comparison between a pet and a human is more complicated than simply multiplying by 7. To truly determine a pet's equivalent human age, you must consider size (smaller dogs live longer, thus age slower), breed (some breeds have shorter lifespan), and lifestyle elements (diet, activity level, healthcare, etc.) all of which factor into the calculation.

Myth: A wet nose means a healthy dog
Veterinarians have found that the dampness of the dog’s nose does not necessarily mean they are sick.  The nose could be damp because of licking and similarly could be dry to being  out in the weather (wind or sun).

Myth: Dogs will only respect their alpha
Researchers have found that the relationship within a “pack” is more like a human family vs. having a leader.  Think of the relationship with your dog as more of a parent-child relationship.  It is best to teach your pet to respect all human and pet family members, not just the alpha.