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Top 10 Dog Myths

As much as we love our dogs, their habits and behaviors can be a bit of a mystery. To help you understand your dog and help him throughout his healthy and happy life, we've decided to confront some of the most common dog myths, and reveal the truth of what is really happening.


  1. Tail wagging is always a sign of a happy dog
    Dogs wag their tails to express happiness, but also to show excitement, stress, or even agression. Pay attention to the overall body language of a dog to fully understand the intent behind a wagging tail.
    Explore your options for easing stress & anxiety with these natural remedies >

  2. A warm or dry nose means a sick dog
    Regular fluctuations in the temperature and moisture of a dog’s nose are norma Canine distemper used to be a prevalent virus which caused a thickening of the nose and footpads. A cold, wet nose indicated the dog didn’t have distemper. Today distemper is uncommon due to vaccinations.
    Read the Article: When to See the Vet >

  3. Eating Grass = A Sick Dog or an Upset Stomach
    It’s believed that grass is a normal part of a dog’s ancestral diet, consumed by wolves in the belly of their prey. Many dogs eat grass because it tastes good, or because they crave certain nutrients missing from their food. 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.
    Explore your options for supplementing your dog's diet with greens & nutrition boosts >

  4. You can't teach an old dog new tricks
    You've heard it said a million times. But while this might be true for humans, it’s definitely not for dogs! Fifteen minutes a day is usually enough to teach the most stubborn dog to sit, stay and a few other fun tricks.
    Read the Article: Train your dog to come to you every time! >

  5. An itchy dog is always a sign of fleas
    Allergies are the most common cause of itching and licking, and there are other skin irritants and diseases which need to be ruled out as well when tracking the source of the itch.
    Read the Article: Alleviating your pet’s itchy skin >

  6. Giving supplements to dogs is a painful & difficult process
    Not true! Many supplements come in powders, tasty chewables, or even treats – and pill pockets can work wonders.
    Explore these tasty functional treats! >

  7. Dogs licking their wounds speeds up healing
    Licking a wound too much actually slows down the healing process. Speed up the healing process and ease irritation with all natural herbal ointments.
    Explore these soothing first aid options just for dogs >

  8. MYTH: Dogs get stiff when they get old (FACT: They get old when they get stiff!)
    Just like humans, you’re not old till you feel old! Keep your dog playing like a puppy with joint health support.
    Explore Joint Support for Dogs >

  9. Changing foods is bad for your dog’s digestion
    Would you want to eat dry cereal 3x/day every day? And changing up foods means overall better nutrition too, as long as it’s healthy, high-quality foods.
    Read the Article: What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food >

  10. Weekly baths are best for a dog's skin & coat
    Washing too frequently can actually irritate a dog's sensitive skin. If your dog loves dirt and mud and frequent bathing is a must, be sure to use gentle shampoos formulated to protect his or her sensitive skin & coat.
    Read the Article: Obvious but Overlooked - Why Grooming Matters >

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