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Dog Myths

Let a dog lick a wound because the saliva acts as an
antiseptic and will cleanse the wound.

Dog’s mouths are filled with germs just like our mouths are filled with
germs.  But we generally brush our teeth every day...Let’s look at it this
way… have you ever heard of “dog breath”?  Stinky dog breath means
germs and lots of them.   To prevent a dog from licking wounds,
veterinarians will have them wear Elizabethan Collars.
One more thing to think about.  Dogs lick and sniff butts...enough said.

Females should be bred before spaying.

Not true.  Dogs are no better.  Actually, spayed dogs have less occurrences of breast cancer
and uterine problems.

Are dogs color blind?

Dogs can see in color but only on a very limited spectrum.  They are specifically red-green
color blind.  For a better understanding of the canine eye, check this website.  
Dr. P’s Dog
Training Canine Vision or http://www.uwsp.edu/psych/dog/LA/DrP4.htm
Dogs see a brighter and less detailed world when compared to humans.  Peripheral vision is
better than humans (dogs see more of the world), but distance is not judged quite as well.  
Dogs excel at night vision and the detection of moving objects.

Only male dogs hump” or lift their leg to urinate.

Sorry, not true.  Females, especially bossy females whether they are spayed or not in an
effort to be dominant will “mark” their territory, scratch off, and “hump” other dogs and objects.

Table scraps are good for dogs.

Some table scraps are fine, such as most raw vegetables (no onions) and fruits.
But cooked bones and fat are not.  The sharp splinters of cooked bones can cause gastro
punctures or lacerations.  Fat can cause gastro upsets like pancreatitis.

Household “pet dogs” don’t need to be trained.

Every dog should be socialized and properly trained.

Saved the best for last YOU CAN’T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS.

Please!  Give an old dog a break.  Dogs are just like people in their ability to learn…. They
can learn anything you take the time to teach them!  Dogs will continue to learn because they
want to please their families.  As dogs are they may have limitations but they can and want to
learn new tricks, commands, and skills until the day they pass away.