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Common Dog Myths That Are Total Bully Sticks!

Common Dog Myths That Are Total Bully Sticks! 0

They may be man's best friend but our furry companions are still pretty mysterious at times, and as humans we crop their behavior up to silly sayings or assumptions a lot of time. Here's a list of common myths us humans have assigned to our dog friends through the years that are plain untrue and reveal what could really be going on with your pet. 

1. Eating Grass Means An Upset Stomach

Owners have often believed that when their dog is munching on grass outside it means they're attempting to make themselves throw up due to an irritated stomach. While some dogs vomit after eating too much grass, this is generally a side effect, not an intended result on the part of the dog. If your dog regularly eats too much grass and vomits, you should probably discourage eating grass and look for ways to enhance their diet

Dog's ancestors have eaten grass throughout the ages, or absorbed it through the digesting the stomach's of their prey. Some dogs simply eat grass because they think it tastes good or they're craving a form of nutrients that is missing from their food. 

2. Weekly Baths Are Good For Your Dog

This is one of those myths that is applied across all dog breeds, when really it's only true for some. Over bathing your pet is actually more common for people who live by this mantra, which can lead to skin irritation. If you do have to bathe your pet weekly, we an all-natural, gentle cleanser formulated to protect and support sensitive skin and coats. 

3. A Dry Nose Means Your Dog Is Sick

Just like us, your pet's temperature and regulation of their temperature fluctuates often so varying levels of moisture on their nose is normal. If your pet's nose isn't overly dry, cracked or inflamed and they are playing and acting as they usually do, then there is nothing to worry about. 

4. A Wagging Tail Means A Happy Dog

They may look super cute when they're jumping around, wagging their tails but that doesn't always mean they're happy or having a good time. A wagging tail can also be an indication of stress or anxiety, or even aggression depending on the situation. You should pay attention to the overall body language of your pet to fully understand the intent behind their wagging tail. 

5. An Old Dog Can't Learn New Tricks

I wish we could pin-point where and how this turn-of-phrase came to because it is simply incorrect. Dedicating 15 minutes here and there throughout your day to teach your dog basic commands or tricks is all it takes to teach a dog something new, at any age. Dog's especially are always willing to learn or investigate something new, as long as it's repeated, integrated into their routine, and positively reinforced. Don't doubt our old dogs, they're the best! 

6. Dogs Get Stiff When They're Old

In fact this myth is quite the opposite, dog's get old when they get stiff! Just like for us, a sedentary life isn't entirely healthy and the more exposure to consistent exercise helps support strong bones and muscles. Keeping your dog active and having fun is the best way to prevent a stiff, seemingly 'old' doggy. 

7. Dog's Have Clean Mouths

We've all heard the ratios about the amount of bacteria in a dog's mouth versus ours or versus a toilet set and so on. The truth of the matter is dog's eat their own poo so they can't truly be that clean. Although dog's have powerful saliva and are regularly self-cleaning and pruning their tongue - this does not mean they have clean mouths. 

8. Garlic Is An Effective Remedy For Fleas & Ticks

Not only does garlic do nothing to improve a bad flea or tick condition, but garlic ahs also been known to cause something called hemolytic anemia in dogs, a condition where the body attacks and destroys it's own red blood cells. Of course, this doesn't always happen as a result of your dog eating garlic but it's best to play it on the safe side and not let them around it. 

9. Dogs Are Colorblind 

Dogs actually can see color, but they don't see the same range of colors as humans or nearly as many. Instead a rainbow made up of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, they see a study in shades of khaki, ranging from brown through yellow and mustard to blue.

However, their unique eyesight does allow them to see better in the dark. 

10. Dogs Heal Their Wounds By Licking Them

In reality, if a wound heals faster after a dog licks it, that's because his rough tongue has been removing dead tissue and stimulating circulation, much like a surgeon would debride a wound. On the other hand, licking wounds can sometimes cause more harm than good by introducing bacteria and/or irritating the wound.

Tips On Camping With Your Dog.

Tips On Camping With Your Dog. 0

Spring is here, and it couldn’t be any more perfect to go camping with your dog. I fell in love with camping from the very first time I stepped foot onto a camp site. I just loved the sense of adventure it gave me. The freedom expressed through exploration and minimalism. So when I took my dog for the first time…it elevated my experience to a whole new level. However, there are some rules that all pet-parents need to abide by when taking your dog camping. Thankfully, most camp sites allow canines to join in on the adventure. All it takes is some planning. Trust us, our furry friends are the only one’s having more fun then we are when we go camping with dogs.   National, State, And Local Parks Easily enough, the rules for dogs are listed on every park’s website. The National Park Service map is a helpful resource for learning more about rules across the park system. The same guideline for national parks applies to state and local parks: Rules vary, so you will need to consider your daytime plans and check with the agency that manages the land.   Tips for camping with your dog Your […]
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting A Dog.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting A Dog. 0

Is adopting a dog the right decision for you? Here are the Top Five Questions to ask yourself before adopting a new furry member to your family.   If you are considering the adoption of a new member of your family we have five questions to ask yourself to see if it is the right decision for you. Who could resist a cute face, big bold eyes, and floppy ears? Adopting a dog is a very exciting time but can also be a complicated process. To make sure you’re choosing the right pet for you and your family, there are some questions you’ll want to ask before adopting your newest family member! QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF 1. Do I have the means, space, time, and the ability to care for a new pet? Go through your day from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. Can your life and your home accommodate a new family member? Is it safe to walk a dog in your neighborhood? Is there a dog park nearby to help your new pet get socialized? Can you afford the day to day costs of pet ownership like food and supplements? Can […]