Taking good care of any pet has its unique set of responsibilities, but nothing compares to the joys of caring for a dog. From health and nutrition, to exercise and more, there’s no shortage of advice (and urban legends) out there to confuse even the most diligent puppy parent. So to help, here are a few myths we’ve busted that finally separate fact from fiction.
Myth: “Letting my dog out in the backyard is exercise enough.”
Depending on the breed of the dog, they’ll need certain levels of both physical and mental stimulation. Simply sending them out in the yard, by themselves, may not be enough to meet their daily needs. Taking your dog on walks, playing fetch, or using agility equipment are all great ways to get exercise while strengthening your bond.
Myth: “My dog is eating grass. It probably means they’re sick.”
Not necessarily. There are no studies that show a direct correlation between dogs eating grass and their general health. Oddly enough, some animals just like the taste of grass, so there’s no need to panic if they chew some from time to time. If they are eating grass everyday, though, you should contact your local vet.
Myth: “Dogs wag their tails when they’re happy.”
It all depends on the breed and personality of your dog. On most occasions, though, dogs wag their tails rapidly when they’re either happy or nervous about something. Learning your dog’s behavior goes a long way with establishing a meaningful relationship.
Myth: “Dogs heal themselves by licking their wounds.”
Yes, actually. A small amount of licking helps to clean wounds and speed up the healing process. If your dog starts licking to much, though, it can open wounds up to infection, so be sure to monitor their licking habits, if you think it’s becoming an issue.
Myth: “There’s no need to brush my dog’s teeth.”
On the contrary, brushing your dog’s teeth is a great way to not only freshen their breath, but also reduce the development of gingivitis and gum disease. Your vet can give you tips on how to brush without harming your pet.
Caring for your dog goes far beyond a few good scratches behind the ear. Keeping your pets happy and healthy also means everything from feeding them the right foods to taking regular walks to your nearby dog park.
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