Dogs are our secret keepers, colleagues, and closest friends. They’ve spent so much time with people, it makes sense that we’ve developed some myths about them. Some of these myths are harmless, but others are downright dangerous! We’re here to help you get the facts straight. Here are five dangerous myths about dogs. debunked.
A Dog Can Stay in a Parked Car if You Crack the Windows
You may think your dog is okay sitting in the car for a while—even in warm weather. But what you might not know is that the temperature inside that parked car can become extremely hot or extremely cold, fast. Heatstroke or freezing are both very real risks, and having the windows open doesn’t make a difference. For this reason, some states even have laws against leaving your dog in the car for extended periods of time. No matter what, play it safe and leave your pup at home if your destination isn’t dog-friendly.
Some states have laws against leaving your dog in the car for extended periods of time.
Some Breeds are Naturally Aggressive
Is a dog aggressive just because it’s a certain breed? No way! Aggressive behavior is just that—a behavior. Dogs learn to be aggressive in response to how they are treated. It doesn’t matter the breed. Keep in mind that some displays that humans may deem aggressive, like barking or chasing prey animals, are natural behaviors that dogs have been bred to do over many generations.
Aggressive behavior is just that—a behavior.
Dogs Only Need Heartworm Protection in the Summer
You may think that your dog is in danger from heartworms only in the heat of summer when the mosquitos are most active. That’s not true! Your dog needs to be protected from this deadly parasite year round. Our feline friends also need protection from heartworms, so be sure to keep everyone’s medical records up to date.
Playing Tug-O-War Causes Dog Aggression
We’ve all been on the other end of the rope when a game of tug-o-war goes too far. But can an innocent game cause full-blown aggression? Not likely! If you teach your dog to play safely and to listen to your verbal cues, you’ll be completely in control of the game. Though a game can go out of control, your dog is just playing rough, not acting out of aggression towards you. If you don’t enjoy that style of play, stop the game immediately to let your pup calm down.
You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
Perhaps the most famous myth is an older dog’s inability to learn anything new. Our senior friends can learn just as well as younger dogs, though, whether it’s a new name or a new command. The idea that an older dog can’t adapt has led to many of them never finding second homes and spending a long time in the shelter. Don’t shy away from adopting a senior dog; they need love too!
So there you have it! The next time you hear one of these myths, you can be confident that they are utterly false. By arming yourself with knowledge, you’ll keep your canine companion completely safe.