Top 7 myths about dogs

Dog myths can endanger your dog’s safety if believed and acted upon. Canine Kingdom exposes myths, old wives’ tales, and methods of communicating with dogs that don’t work. The canine Kingdom will refine and massively communicate our knowledge base about dogs – so that an accurate understanding of dogs is clear, widely shared, and protected. To separate fact from fiction, Canine Kingdom brings you debunked myths, verified facts, and statistically proven methods.

Dogs must have bones!

The symbol most commonly associated with dogs, the “bone,” is harmful to dogs! It is a false myth that dogs must have bones. Unless you work with a specialist or have experience with raw food, do not feed raw food or bones to dogs. Dogs need dental care, just like humans. Their teeth wear down from hard bones, and can even break. Cooked bones should never be given to dogs. The heat changes the chemical and physical properties of the bones, which resist digestion and cannot be chewed properly, breaking into jagged pieces. There are several solutions to give your dogs the chewing exercise they love and need: Kongs, nylon “fill n freeze” bones and hard (but soft) chew toys.

Never disturb a dog while he is eating

One of the highest incidence rates of dog bites occurs when a dog’s food is disturbed. Dog parents may conclude that it’s best not to disturb a dog while it’s eating. But this means that your dog views you and/or your children as a threat, not as the best thing that ever happened to him. Every dog needs to learn to look forward to people being near his food bowl because he’s about to get a delicious surprise treat. To do this, start by hand-feeding your dog by opening the palm of your hand. Then, every time you feed your dog, disturb his bowl or food in some way, starting with touching him and going as far as putting your hand in his bowl. That way, when someone inadvertently knocks over his bowl or a child grabs his food, he won’t react as if his meal is being threatened.

A cold, moist nose is a sign of a healthy dog.

A healthy dog’s nose should have a normal body temperature unless it is exposed to cold, winter air (just like our nose). So remember, it’s not a wet nose that tells you your dog is healthy, but rather a dry, warm nose that tells you something is wrong.

Brushing is good for the coat

This is a partial myth. While brushing is necessary to keep your dog’s coat clean and untangled between baths, brushing too hard can roughen the cuticle of the coat, exposing its cortex and leaving the coat porous and frayed. Rule of thumb: if you can hear the brush, you’re brushing too hard!

You must have a yard for your dog

This is wrong! Dogs are social animals, so they want to be with you. In 99% of the cases, when a dog is in the yard, it waits at the back door to come back inside with you. And you’ll notice that even inside a 10,000-square-foot house, the dog will tend to be right at your feet.

Don’t give table scraps to dogs.

This is one of the most common myths perpetuated by the manufacturers of some pet foods. They claim that table scraps upset the balance of commercial dog food. Just like humans, dogs should not be fed the same meal every day of their lives. Dietary deficiencies do not develop overnight but require a long period of consistent poor nutrition to develop. Dogs will not automatically get fat, learn to beg at the table, or refuse to eat their food just because they are given table scraps. Instead, they will do these things for a variety of other reasons, such as being overfed or learning that they can get food from your table. Give your dog “human” food in his bowls.

Pit bulls have locking jaws

According to noted canine neurologist Dr. Sandy Delahunt and canine behaviorist Dr. Katherine Houpt, there is no such thing as a “jaw locking” or “jaw locking mechanism” in pit bulls or any other breed of dog. They both agree that the power of the bite is proportional to the size of the jaws and jaw muscles. And they concluded that there is no anatomical structure that would constitute a locking mechanism in a dog.

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