Don’t be Fooled: 7 Myths About Dogs

by DFS-Pet-Blog on April 1, 2012

**Guest post from Ellen B.**

Let’s clear up some of the myths about providing good health care for your dog. This collection is taken from several sources from the Drs. Foster & Smith educational staff.



Myth: If your new puppy makes a mess in the house while you’re not around, bring the dog over to the mess, hold his nose in it, and scold him. This will force him to learn that going in the house isn’t acceptable under any circumstances.

Truth: Unfortunately, this is one of the most prevalent housebreaking myths among new pet owners. The fact is, puppies that age can’t fathom the cause/effect relationship between their natural bodily functions and why, 20 minutes later or more, you’re yelling at them. This housebreaking method doesn’t work, and really does more emotional harm than good.

For more information, read Dog Housetraining Methods.

Dog Myths

Dog Food

Bridgeport Raised Dog Bowl

Myth: Dog food that is high in protein causes kidney disease.

Truth: This myth probably started because, in the past, patients with kidney disease were commonly placed on low-protein (and thus low-nitrogen) diets. Today, we often put them on a diet that is not necessarily very low in protein, but instead contains protein that is more digestible (therefore producing fewer nitrogen by-products). These diet changes are made merely because damaged kidneys may not be able to handle the excess nitrogen efficiently. In pets with existing kidney problems, nitrogen can become too high in the bloodstream which can harm other tissues.

Unless your veterinarian has told you your pet has a kidney problem that is severe enough to adjust the protein intake, you can feed your pet a normal amount of protein without worrying about “damaging” or “stressing” your pet’s kidneys. Also, keep in mind the fact that you are not “saving” your pet’s kidneys by feeding a low-protein diet.

Read more Nutrients in Pet Foods FAQs

Dog Myths


Dog bath quote

Myth: Human shampoo if fine to use on pets.

Truth: You should never use shampoo that is made for humans on your pet. Human shampoos contain harsher detergents, are not pH balanced for pets, and could damage hair or sensitive skin.

Read more Bathing FAQs.

Dog Myths


Myth: Stop worrying about fleas and ticks once it gets cold out.

Truth: Remember that cold weather does not kill ticks. In fact, spring and fall are when the deer tick numbers are at their peak. As a general rule, we recommend using flea and tick products until after extreme winter conditions persist. In warmer climates, flea and tick protection should be provided year round.

Read more Flea & Tick Control FAQs.

Dog Myths



Myth: The only consequence of not giving my dog proper exercise is he might gain a little weight.

Truth: Exercise is important for physical health, but exercise also plays a key role in mental health. Providing your dog with proper exercise can prevent boredom and help him be a happy, well-behaved dog. Boredom is a leading cause for dog behavioral problems. Inappropriate chewing, digging, and excessive barking or licking can be signs that your dog is bored.

For more information, read Leading Cause of Dog Behavior Problems.

Dog Myths

Rawhide Chews

Rawhide For Dogs

Myth: Rawhide is not safe or healthy for my dog.

Truth: A major US medical school once conducted a laboratory test that showed in groups of test dogs, even in those fed rawhide three times a day, there were no ill effects. Chewing rawhide has the beneficial effect of removing plaque from the animals’ teeth and keeping them cleaner, important because periodontal disease is a real problem in many adult dogs. We feel that rawhide is a good all-around choice for dogs, if they are supervised when chewing. Supervision should be used when your dog is playing with any object, including toys and bones.

For more information, read Rawhide Myths and Facts

Dog Myths

Dog Dental Health

Dog Dental Health

Myth: Dogs have great teeth and chew bones alone keep their teeth healthy.

Truth: 70-80% of cats and dogs over 3 years of age have dental disease. Even if their teeth look good, we do not know what could be lurking under the gum line. The best way to avoid painful and costly dental disease in your pet is with a good dental health program.

Form more information, read Pet Dental Care – It’s Important!

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John Chanellor April 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thanks for these common myths, I have to admit I’ve heard the human shampoo myth a few times before, some people think I’m mad for spending out for dog shampoo, I’ll have to forward them this article!

CitySitter April 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Dogs are so expensive and you never think about how much they will cost you until you love them. Im glad you posted this. I wish more people would think about how care dogs need before adopting them and abusing them. I hate when I see a friend get a new puppy because they are cute and I know they cant pay for the shots, vet bills, tick & flee treatment…ect. I have two dogs and they are both on perscription food and visit the groomer and vet very often. Its expensive but I wouldnt trade their care for the world!

krista B April 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Yep another great section with great info.. But its true a pup maybe free but the food .. vet.. ect all adds up!!!!

Jan Benjamin April 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

This is all great advice – I’d like to enter the contest giveaway – please plug me in for the large bone chew as I have a foster retriever lab mix who is a tripod. She is so sweet! I would love her to have it! Thanks so much!

Carol Pendagast April 21, 2012 at 11:08 am

Interesting facts, always good to remind pet owners in case they aren’t handling something correctly. I posted this article on our Shelton Dog Park Facebook page to share with other dog owners. #PET
I would like to win the Clean Response Swivel Bin and Rake to use at the Dog Park.

Alex Lea April 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I have heard all these before except the only human shampoo to use was baby shampoo.
We adopted a rescue dog that (like most rescues) was physically abused and since his 8 months with us …with love and hugs, a lot of no’s, plenty of attention.. has done a160 (yes, we still are working for that 180 number). My question is : does he remember the abuse he had before we adopted him?
I would like the Furminator deShedding Tool if you pick my name to win.

Elsie Lodde April 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

It is great to know about the rawhide, I have always given it to my 3 dogs and 5 foster dogs, but felt like I was being naughty in doing so.

Another reason to want to win a Busy Buddy Bouncy Dog Bone

Amy McElhaney April 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

This is a great post! Addresses major areas of caring for your pup. Some of these I’ve started doing early with my adopted lab mix (like cleaning his teeth) that I wish I’d done more of early on with my older dog. Thanks for all the good advice and the wonderful products! Would love to win the “pooper scooper” for my two dogs:) #PET

Amy McElhaney April 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

Sorry, the hash tag was #PETS for the contest:) Would like to enter for the fancy “pooper scooper” – see comment above.

Sara Yahn April 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

I brush my 2 cats & 2 dogs teeth all the time on a regular schedule, they only will let me use the Drs Foster & Smith brand, I think its because of the taste. I luckily started them when I got them otherwise it would be a nightmare to do. I really hate to go into the pet shop or pet expo & people say how they push their puppies nose into their “mess”. It makes me so angry that someone would do that.
My one dog has diabetes and we take a “family” walk everyday regardless of weather (unless the winds are way too strong for a 20lb dog to walk around), the cats get to go into the backyard and walk around in their play area. Its so important for all animals to get exercise, regardless of what they are.
#PETS CatSpa

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