If there is one group of people that you never want to argue with, it’s dog owners. I mean, think about it. Can you imagine trying to convince another dog owner that it’s okay for dogs to sleep on their bed if they are totally against it? Better yet – how about feeding your dog human food? Even if you have good intentions, it’s going to lead to a debate for sure.
If you have done your research on dogs, you probably came across many different theories or claims about dogs that sounded totally bizarre and crazy. Today, we are going to talk about these totally crazy, wild, bizarre yet completely NOT TRUE myths.
Dogs on the Bed
If you have read any of our other articles on Dog Stairs and Ramps, you might notice that we talk a little bit about this dog myth quite often. Sadly, dog owners around the world are quick to believe the myth about dogs sleeping on the bed is the beginning stages of the dog running the world.
Now, let’s be honest, here. Do you really think your dog plans to sleep on your bed with the sound track “Runs the World” by Beyoncé? Do you think your dog will snuggle up on the comforter singing in their head, “Who runs the world? DOGS! Who runs the world? DOGS!” As silly as it sounds, your dog is definitely not doing this and the act of your dog sleeping on the bed means absolutely nothing of the sort. If a dog sleeping on the bed means anything at all, we offer that it could mean:
- The dog loves the owner.
- The dog and owner have a special bond.
- The dog wants to protect the owner.
- The bed is extremely comfortable and the dog wants to be comfortable too.
- The dog likes to be the center of attention.
If you are a dog owner that plans on having your dog sleep on the bed, then at the very least, we highly suggest buying a set of dog stairs or ramps to protect their legs when jumping off the bed.
Training Your Dog
How many times have you heard someone offer the opinion that the best time for you to train your dog is when you are taking them for a walk?
Naturally, when you think about it, it seems semi-logical, right? The reality is, this is probably one of the worst times to train your dog, hence maybe why training your dog has been so difficult. I mean, if the goal of a walk is a walk or to use the bathroom – that does not sound like training to me.
During a walk, there are hundreds, if not thousands of distractions just waiting to capture your dog’s ears or eyes. Think about this from a dog’s perspective. Once you put the leash on the dog and open the door, the entire world is at their feet. In a matter of minutes they see:
- The mailbox
- Grass swaying in the wind
- Leaves flying around
- Squirrels in the trees
- Birds flying
- Smelling fellow dog poop and pee
- Ants on the ground
- Bees flying in the air
- Cars in the street
- Your feet moving
- Their tail wagging
- Children in the area
- An outdoor cat
- A neighborhood dog
- A fire hydrant
- The wind
- A cloud
- A fly
And the list goes on and on. The truth is, a walk out and about is one of the worst times to train your dog, because at this point your commands are unknown and mean nothing next to the sight of another dog, leaf, or fire hydrant. Save yourself the hassle of trying to train your dog that way. If you are trying to get your dog to LEARN new tricks or training commands, it’s best to begin when you’re at home. Here, as the owner, you have full control over the environment and what the dog is exposed to. Once your dog understands, or at least has some level of mastery over the commands, then you can begin to increase the difficulty of the training to the outdoors.
Feeding Your Dog Human Food
This is easily one of our most favorite dog myths that so many people like to debate. Have you ever been in a room with a dog owner that feeds their dog straight from their dinner plate? In that same room, there is another dog owner who acts as if the entire world was falling apart because someone feeds their dog human food.
It’s happened to thousands of people. The truth is, dog owners are simply confused about human food. Dogs have NO idea the difference between human food and dog food. It’s food – food is food to a dog. Many dog owners seem to believe that human food causes dogs to beg for food; however, it’s not the food that is making the dog beg – it’s YOU!
Now, with that being said, there absolutely some human foods that can be deadly to dogs and should NEVER be fed to them, but if you are feeding your dog straight from your plate – you are essentially training your dog to believe it’s acceptable for you to give them food from your plate. In response, your dog begins to develop the habit of begging for the food whenever it smells it, especially if you are eating it at the same time. So, what can you learn? Never feed your dog from the plate you are eating from.
One of the most common dog myths around today is that people believe their dogs can’t swim. The truth is, this is a subtle myth that has gathered steam over time. Any dog has the capacity to learn how to swim. All it takes is a dog owner or trainer that is willing to train the dog how.
Having said that, it’s of utter importance to never assume that your dog understands how to swim right away. Also, training your dog to swim can turn into a messy battle with accidental scratches from panicking. This is why if you plan on training your dog to swim, it’s important to do so in doggy steps – step by step.
Don’t force your dog right away – focus on getting your dog use to water first. Once you can build your dog’s confidence with water, he or she will be swimming in no time!
A Cleaner Mouth
If we are all being honest here, this is one dog myth we have all heard and probably once believed in. For some reason, there is some reasoning out there that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human.
In fact, there are thousands of people who still believe a dog’s mouth contains magical healing properties. After much research and development over the years, scientists have shown that a dog’s mouth is actually not that clean after all. In fact, a dog’s mouth contains an immense number of bacteria.
With that being said, if you are not taking proper measures to take care of your dog’s dental hygiene, their mouth is even dirtier than you might think. On top of that, if your dog is older, there is probably even more bacteria and plaque growing on the inside of their mouth. In that, if you are planning on keeping your dog healthy, we recommend keeping their mouth as clean as possible.
The List Continues of Dog Myths
What’s even crazier than this list of 5 dog myths that are totally not true is that there are dozens of more crazy myths out there. With that being said, we recommend doing your research and checking out more articles on Dog Stairs and Ramps. Before you believe in another urban legend or dog myth, make sure to fact check them first!