**Guest post from Tina C.**
Call them Myths; call them Old Wives Tales. There are a number of sayings about dogs that are simply untrue; although many people still believe them.
1. A Cold, Wet Nose = A Healthy Dog. Actually, a dog’s nose should be normal body temperature unless it is winter and he just came inside.
2. Tug-of-War makes dogs aggressive. Tug is a great game to bond with your pet and give it some exercise and stimulation. Be sure to set rules and boundaries so that your dog knows when to “leave it” or “drop it.”
3. You can’t teach an Old Dog new tricks. While it is true that older dogs may be more set in their ways, any dog can learn something new, no matter how old. Dogs, like humans, will benefit from mental stimulation every single day of their life.
4. A wagging tail means the dog is friendly. Dogs move their tails in many forms of communication including happiness, aggression, fear, dominance, and invitation. It is best to ask the dog’s owner before petting a strange dog.
5. A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. Today, you brushed your teeth twice. Today, your dog ate kitty litter, garbage from the trash can, a dead bird from under the bush in the yard, and licked his butt at least four times. Really – you can let this one go.
6. Dogs eat grass when they are sick. Some dogs simply like the taste, especially early in the morning or after a rain when the grass is dripping with fresh water. I used to have a dachshund that kept a small area mowed by his chomping every morning.
When learning about your pet, be sure to double check information from more than one source such as PetEducation.com so that you do not end up believing a myth.
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