Veterinarians Debunk 15 Dog Myths

Veterinarians Debunk 15 Dog Myths

Ann Hohenhaus:
“One human year equals seven dog years.” Myth. Myth.
We could cut it right there. Carly Fox: “Certain dog
breeds are hypoallergenic because of their fur.” This is a major, major myth. “Only male dogs hump.” Hi, I’m Dr. Ann Hohenhaus,
I’m the staff veterinarian at the
Animal Medical Center here in New York City. My name is Dr. Carly
Fox, and I’m an emergency and critical care
staff veterinarian at the
Animal Medical Center. Hohenhaus: Today we’re
debunking dog myths. Fox: I think, honestly, the majority of male dogs do like to hump,
but I guess female dogs also can be seen to
exhibit that behavior. Hohenhaus: But males
hump more than females. Fox: Definitely, yeah.
But, I mean, I guess female dogs
can also hump, I mean, if they’re
in the mood. Hohenhaus: Next myth:
“Dogs are colorblind.” Dogs are
partially colorblind. People used to think they
were totally colorblind. Dogs have a little bit
of ability to see color, and so they see things in kind
of blue, yellow, and gray. But they don’t see
a lot of color. Fox: “Dogs don’t like
to be hugged.” I mean, biggest myth. Physical touch is
one of the things that makes a dog a dog,
so I can’t imagine that dogs don’t
like to be hugged. I mean, dogs will literally
climb onto your laps in order to be hugged, so
this is an absolute myth. You can’t and shouldn’t just go up to any dog and hug it. Dogs still are different,
just like people are. Some people are huggers,
some people are not. So some dogs don’t love
that very direct attention from someone perhaps
they don’t know, so be sure to
ask the owner if you can pet or
hug their dog, and read the dog’s signs. Hohenhaus: Next myth:
“One human year equals seven dog years.” Myth. Myth.
We could cut it right there, but there’s some really
interesting research behind this question. So, the seven years
probably comes when people lived
to be about 70 and dogs lived
to be about 10, so 70 divided
by 10 is seven. That’s where that number
maybe comes from. Nobody knows, it’s a myth, so there’s
no data behind it. Then, a number
of years ago, a group of researchers
at Purdue University looked at developing
a formula for dog age based on the
size of the dog and the dog’s
chronologic age, or how many calendar
years it was old. And that formula might
actually be the best. This is a myth,
but there are ways that you can calculate
your dog’s age based on a complicated
mathematical formula. Next one.
Fox: Oh, OK. “You should shave fluffy
dogs in the summer.” This is mostly a myth. A lot of people will shave
their dogs in the summer because they think it
will make them cooler. That’s not necessarily true. Dogs have adapted
to all types of weather, and they actually will shed different coats at
different times of the year in order to sort of be comfortable in
that weather. Hohenhaus: I think they
don’t like to be shaved because they feel naked. Fox: Yeah, probably.
I mean, why wouldn’t they?
They have no idea. Hohenhaus: Yeah, they’ve
never not had hair before. So I’m not sure
that shaving them is always a good thing
either, so myth. “Dog saliva
can heal wounds.” When’s the last time
you got bitten by a dog? Fox: Probably,
like, last year. Hohenhaus: And it’s ugly. It is not healing wounds;
it’s making wounds worse. This is a total, total myth. Dog bites are really
nothing to laugh about, and most veterinarians
get bit on the hand, and so we’re
always worried because we work
with our hands, so any dog bite needs
to see a veterinarian because it’s a potentially
infected injury, and you need to go
to your physician to have that bite looked at. Fox: “Certain dog breeds
are hypoallergenic because of their fur.” This is a major, major myth. So, all dogs
produce allergens, and some dogs
will produce more allergens than others. Dogs that don’t shed,
like poodles, or smaller dogs
that shed less are less likely to produce
a large amount of allergen that can cause allergies
in the environment, and it really has to do
with how often they shed or if they shed at all. But definitely all dogs
produce allergens, and all dogs
could be allergenic, but some dogs
will produce less. Hohenhaus: And now we
have a different myth: “You can’t teach
an old dog new tricks.” I think that’s an idiom
rather than a myth, isn’t it? Some famous saying. I think that that is a myth. Training a dog
is never easy, and it involves repetition and persistence
and rewards in order to
successfully train a dog, but I don’t think
age is the problem. I think we’re
more of the problem in not sticking with
training a dog. Fox: Yes, they actually
did a study about this, and they did the same
teaching of a trick to young dogs
and old dogs, dogs that were
six months to a year and then dogs that
were 10 years old. And they
actually found out that both sets of dogs
can learn a new trick. However, the dogs
that were older, it took them twice
as long to learn it. So they can learn it,
it’s just something that requires more time, and that’s definitely
something that you are going to
have to commit to. But it’s possible, and they definitely
can learn new tricks. Hohenhaus:
“Dogs feel guilt.” I think that humans
want the dog to feel guilt for making a mess,
chewing the furniture, taking the fringe
off the sofa, destroying the pillows, ’cause we want
them to be like us. So, I don’t think dogs necessarily can
really feel guilt, but since
they’re not talking, it’s really hard to know
if that’s true or not. Fox: Our dogs will display
guilt-like behavior when they do
something wrong, like, they’ll put their
ears back, they’ll hide, they’ll look very guilty. But I think in most cases, that’s really a
reaction to you and your tone of voice or your anger at them and your body language rather than true guilt. Hohenhaus: One of
the reasons that dogs have been so effective in integrating themselves into our lives, the lives of
humans for millennia, is because they
are very good at picking up
on social cues. Fox: “When dogs
wag their tails, it means they’re happy.” I would say in
a lot of times when dogs wag their tails, it seems like
they are very happy. However, tail wagging
is a behavior in dogs that can mean
many different things, not necessarily happiness. Hohenhaus: And I think
the wag matters. So you’ve got a dog whose
tail is quivering like this, that is not a happy wag. Think about the Labrador,
swish, swish, swish, swish, they’re pretty much
always happy. And then there’s the dog
who their tail quivers and then it curls under. That’s not a
happy wag either. That’s a
“I’m really upset” wag. So in addition to
looking at the ears and the eyes and
the body posture, ask yourself, what kind
of wag is this dog doing? Because that’s gonna
give you an indication on the mood of the beast. Fox: “Human food
is bad for dogs.” Well, there are
very particular types of human food that are definitively
bad for dogs. For example, chocolate is
obviously bad for dogs. Grapes, raisins
are toxic to dogs. Onions, garlic, those
things are bad for dogs. However,
human food in general is not necessarily
bad for dogs. We do wanna always
limit the quantity of human food for dogs. I usually tell people less
than 10% of their diet should be human food. Just human food
in moderation is not bad for dogs. Hohenhaus: Well,
dog food is good balanced
meal for a dog. I interpret it to mean,
should I cook for my dog? And that is a bad idea
because what we eat is not a balanced
diet for a dog. And so home-cooked
diets run a huge risk of being deficient
in nutrients that are critical
for your dog, mostly deficient in
calcium phosphorus. So cooking for your dog,
unless you’ve had a diet made by a board-certified
veterinary nutritionist, is a bad idea. “Dog mouths are cleaner
than human mouths.” No.
Human bites are supposedly worse, although we don’t see
a lot of human bites at the
Animal Medical Center. But all of us have
been bitten by a dog, and we know that those can get really
badly infected. What I’ve read
is that if a human bites another human, it’s awful, it’s a terrible
infection that you get. So, no, I don’t know
that either is better. Fox: Dog mouths
and human mouths are actually, it’s interesting, they’re sort of similar. Both humans and dogs
have over 200 types of bacteria in their mouth. However, because disease is not
really transmissible between dogs and humans, or there’s not that
much zoonotic potential between dog saliva
and human saliva, they’re clean in that,
you know, making out with your dog, you won’t contract
the common cold, but making out with a
person, perhaps you can. So, in that case, they
sort of are cleaner. However, they still have
tons and tons of bacteria, just like people mouths do. Hohenhaus: “Dogs are
afraid of their reflection.” This is…just no. Just Google
“puppies in mirrors,” and you’ll see
that dogs love, they’re so enamored
of that other dog that they never met before. They’re really cute. “Dogs can’t digest grains.” So, this is a major,
major myth. Dogs can absolutely
digest grains. And not only can
they digest grains, but recent research shows that they need
grain in their diet. Dogs on a grain-free
diet are predisposed to developing a very serious
type of heart disease called DCM, or
dilated cardiomyopathy. And dogs that are on
a grain-inclusive diet are not as likely to
develop this heart disease. So if your dog is on
a grain-free diet, it absolutely needs
grain back in its diet, and you should speak to your veterinarian
about doing so. “Putting a dog’s
nose in their mess will break a bad habit.” This is definitely a myth. I think this is,
like, a training method that people introduced
a long time ago. However, I think with a
lot of research and time we found out that
negative reinforcement is very bad for dogs, definitely doesn’t
correct bad behavior and can actually
breed bad behavior, as well as breeding
aggressive behavior and fear in our pets, and that’s definitely not something that
we wanna do. Ideally you should
always reward your dog with positive behavior,
like treats or playtime or feeding rather
than punishing, which is never
recommended in dogs. Hohenhaus: So, we talked
about dog myths today. And it turns out there
are a lot of myths. In fact,
Dr. Fox and I didn’t agree with hardly any of the cues
that we were given today because most
of them are myths. So beware of Dr. Google. Beware of what
your friends tell you, or the nice passerby on
the street who tells you you’re not taking care of
your dog the right way. And get an expert opinion
when it comes to your dog.

Comments (100)

  1. Do a cat myths one pls!

  2. In some dogs that are double.coated , shaving them is DANGEROUS!! it often leads to skin diseases and double coated dogs will balance themselves the hair protects them.from overheating!!!!!!!! Pls do not have them

  3. No…NO no no! They got one wrong! Ha!
    If you ever had a Dog you can see – THERE IS GUILT! ANd Guilt is a "concept"! Something you know you know you are not supposed to do but you just did it. Dogs understands "concepts" – what they are trained to do and not to do!

  4. My dear little female Frenchie, Gabby, had the nickname Humphound. Neither of our male Frenchies humped our legs. Gabby would hump our arms. As far as human food goes, our second set of 3 Frenchies were fed human food exclusively most of their lives and none of them had any skin problems that we had with the first set which ate a quality dog food, they also had good teeth. Our male, Pip, lived to within one month of his 14th birthday on a human food diet, too. I would never feed my dog that crap they sell for dogs now.

  5. Every dog owner ever has come home, seen their dog displaying guilty behavior well before they figure out what the dog did.
    How are they reacting to our behavior before we display it? Oh yeah. Myth #16-dogs are psychic.

  6. OMG changing camera angles every second was so disturbing I had to stop watching.

  7. The gal on the right is the reason that I'm not voting for or supporting Elizabeth Warren. Arghhhh!

  8. Dogs don't like to be huged. In their body language it's aserting dominance.

  9. The time i learnt that myth number 8 was wrong was when my dog T-T (like 2-3 at the time) was trying to open the kitchen to get into the house, and we kinda encouraged the behavior by putting treats and snacks on the door handle. The bastard not only learnt how to open that door, but every other door as well. He even learnt how to open car doors by himself.

  10. My lab never stop wagging tail and when it hit my ball's it hurt like hell.

  11. Um, there is also the possibility of Sepsis from being licked by dogs if a person’s immunity so happened to be attacked by the dog’s saliva bacteria…it’s called Capnocytophaga canimorsus….so I would not be cavalier about getting too affectionate with canines….we have so many viral mutations nowadays like from bats and middle carrier to human to human such as SARS 2.0 Covid 19 now so pls be precise with info…thanks!

  12. doctor should written dr not Dr

  13. My female dachshund likes to look at herself in the mirror. Oh and she humps my legs…

  14. Blue Yellow and Gray. Lol so they are literally color blind. They can't see red

  15. I live in a pretty hot place so my husky is in a constant state of shed.

    Be he is still healthy and happy.

  16. But my dog doesn't eat food that we aren't eating. I bought a lot of dog food but he doesn't eat them at all. He does prefer to eat the cat food that was supposed to be for our cat. 😔

  17. Myth 11 you are perpetuating another Myth. That plain dog food provides a balanced diet… Not true. Dogs should have a varied diet and while dog food (kibble) can be part of that, you need to be mindful of whats in your dogs food, and just because a vet is selling you a certain food, does not guarantee its nutritional value.

  18. 1:37 The newest way to calculate your dog's relative human age.

  19. Are you people /really/ doubting veterinarians on their knowledge of dogs feeling guilt just because 'oh well my dog looks very guilty after making a mess'

    No, dogs cannot feel guilt. They can feel sad or scared because they know you are/will be upset with them but the honest truth is that emotion in dog brains just isn't complex enough to feel guilt or regret.
    Plus, as humans we tend to project ourselves into things quite a bit because we want to relate and connect so you easily assume the dog is feeling guilt because you know that's how a human would react in that situation.

  20. Dogs are the best fight me

  21. Correct title: Veterinarians Give Personal Opinions of 15 Dog Myths they THINK may or may not be true!

  22. I wish my aussies tail wasn’t clipped so I can read the meaning. Any tail wiggle looks the same on a nub lol

  23. I read this as “vegetarian” debunk dog myths. And I was like…wut? Let me see real quick

  24. My female dog humps the shit out of my 2 boy cats… and they're like "Hmm okay, getting attention I guess"

  25. Very nice . I love dogs so much. I share funny videos of my lil Macana 😊

  26. 4:58 I'm not sure if I would call that a myth. I always hear my dog sneaking around before she does something she's not supposed to and then speed off before I get to even react. She definitely knows that she's doing something bad. But then again I really think she has some kind of consciousness because her eyes are full of emotional knowledge that I haven't seen in other dogs before. She was probably a human in her last life.

  27. female dogs can certainly hump. mine used to sexually harrassed me a lot when she was younger. though I think I was encouraging her by always rubbing her belly.

  28. Dog don't feel guilt 😳😳😳😳😳😳

  29. I must say that I disagree with many of their points, including wearing PJs in public.

  30. Our terrier lady humps in order to disrespect people. If she’s humping you, you need to push her away and tell her no or else she will stop listening to you.

  31. agree with most, but we should not forget that these ladies are veterinarians – not "dogicians". they sure know more about dogs than me, but they dont know everything about them. its clear they rely (next to research they read about) on their experience, specially with behaviour, based on their work – a very specific environment and situation that makes it hard to generalise.
    i made the observation that dogs hump when they are not neutered, some would say naturally, regardless of their gender and it obviously depends what one means by guilt. they clearly show a reaction to anger and will learn to avoid it. i had a dog that felt guilty after passing gas because i unintentionally learned her it stinks.

  32. I think the 'you can't teach old dogs new tricks' applies to people more than dogs.

  33. I own a male and a female dog and I can assure you both of them hump. Mostly one another. And it never ceases to be embarrassing.

  34. I think dogs do experience guilt…they know when they are wrong.

  35. one is overenthusiastic and the other is in pajamas (ಠ_ʖಠ)>⌐■-■

  36. I have two older dogs, male and female, and a younger male dog. The female dog humps the younger male dog all the time. Its just a show of dominance.

  37. My dog is a female and she humps my leg everyday

  38. for the dog saliva I think they meant like when they lick a cut

  39. The tail wagging myth reminds me of the equivalent in cats–purring. Cats often purr when they're happy. But I've heard it compared to smiling in humans–you smile when you're happy, but you smile when you're trying to cheer someone up, or if you're trying to calm yourself down, some people smile more than others, etc. Cats also purr for many different reasons even if it mostly, usually/often, means that they're happy.

    (Also I wouldn't consider a dog's tail that's quivering out of nervousness to be "wagging." Is that just me?)

  40. The lady in blue forgot to change out of her PJ's before coming to set.

  41. I would like this for cats too!

  42. Here is a myth for you. There is no difference between a one year rabies shot and a three year shot. I lived next door to a lead vet at Busch gardens. He said it's all about money. Vets amd dentists are the most crooked people alive. I wouldn't go by ANYTHING these two say.

  43. My dog would growl at me whenever I hugged him I think because it reminded him of being in small spaces at shelters/he felt like I was going to attack him. Or maybe he just wanted some personal space haha. I wish I would have just given him space but I was a child and just wanted to love him.

  44. Dogs hump to show dominance as well

  45. Wow, gatta love when vets stays inside their box 🤦🏽‍♀️ shaving a double coated breed isnt going to make them self conscious because they are naked, its going to make them more hot and potentially sunburn their skin. Also, "people food" is a total myth, there is good food and bad food, and you dont need to be a veterinarian to build a well balanced diet (have you ever gone to a person nutritionist to make sure your diet is complete? No?) And grain free diets do NOT cause dcm, there hasnt been aa single person able to find a definitive, causative link between the two

  46. So at 9:50 Dr Fox used the term "negative reinforcement" when, from context, she meant "punishment" and like- I know those terms are commonly conflated, but they mean different things and that distinction is relevant to a vet (they're operant conditioning jargon and that's how animal training works). Basically, I'm just less trusting of her other dog training tips because of that.

    To clarify: reinforcement is anything you do to make someone DO an action, punishment is anything you do to make someone STOP doing an action. Positive and negative are how you achieve that – do you give something, or take it away.

    So positive reinforcement is giving a treat when the dog does the right thing. Negative reinforcement is taking away something bad (e.g. stopping a constant annoying sound) when the dog does the right thing.

    Positive punishment is spraying your dog with a water bottle when they do the wrong thing. Negative punishment is putting them outside when they do the wrong thing (i.e. taking away the thing they like, which is time with you).

    Sorry that's my long winded rant that's basically "these words are different, and it's not important for most people, but it is important for vets and other people involved with animal training, so I don't like that Dr Fox got them wrong"

  47. Dogs can't look up!

  48. The only one I disagree with is the one about shaving a dog. Growing up we had a Maltese and we would shave her hair every few months, she absolutely love it. Now we didn’t shave it all the down to the skin but pretty close like say maybe a 4 or 5 clipper guard.

  49. my dog humps specific stuffed animals. she has standards for color, texture, and size. she’s monogamous with her stuffed animal too. it’s all very odd. she’s very docile and never aggressive, leading me to assume that she humps to release her anger.

  50. How can I learn the superpower to know what another living thing is feeling?

  51. Lol I wish the one vet wore a different shirt. Looks like she’s wearing pajamas

  52. I love these episodes!! So informative, I have to watch them all 😃😃

  53. When your a cat person, but knew all of these were myths


  54. "Dogs dont like to be hugged" some do some dont, but come in guys. Never hug a strange dog, no matter what the owner says. Would you like a stranger to come and hug you, even if you normally enjoy hugs from friends and family? Not to mention, not all humans are completely reliable. A dog owner may say their dog is friendly when it actually isnt. Please dont hug dogs you dont know.

  55. My female dog humped to be dominate

  56. The human mouth being worse than a dog mouth myth comes from the fact that the worst kind of human "bites" are not bites at all. They are someone in a bar fight punching another person in the mouth and the "bite" becomes a lot messier and more prone to infection. Not that the dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's.

  57. Here I am, I don't have any dog still watching it. 😅

  58. Putting a dog's nose in their own mess is not negative reinforcement, it is positive punishment. Hm.. makes me question her qualifications..

  59. This was soooo depressing 😫

  60. Wow very misleading on myth 14 she makes it sound like dogs need grains rather then what they put in grain free diets is the cause.

  61. I like how when they got to "dog saliva can heal wounds" they only talked about dog bites. That didn't really answer the question… Lol

  62. How do we get this channel shut down? Every episode is just 2 women agreeing with each other without scientific backup information. "You agree with me, i agree with you and shame our viewers to agree"

  63. Yeah making out with a dog, as if people are gonna really do it

  64. 2:25 Ok, do poodles need shaving or not? Now I'm confused (poodles are the only ones I know are shaved).

  65. In Cuba we gave our dog our leftovers because that was all we had to give her . She lasted 16 years

  66. Hello some one subscribe my chennel please

  67. We cook food for our dog, obviously it's not what we eat, it's his special food, just made from normal stuff you can buy and cook food for humans.

  68. the girl on the right doesn't know shit btw, 0 fact

  69. Labradors are pretty much always happy.😁

  70. TBH I have noticed my Labrador experiencing guilt

  71. I actually fed my dog grain like rice or bread, but limited. And my dog tends to be much happier with it than the typical dog food.

  72. Yeah, that Dog years explanation was too complicated so I'll stick to the myth until I can understand it lol

  73. My dog caused me to trip once and she cried and kept checking on me ♥️

  74. *hugs a random street dog*
    :O it bit me!

  75. My 3 month old puppy was humping my leg…

  76. When it comes to dogs not feeling guilt, apparently there have been zero brain imaging studies focused on guilt in dogs. Its just them assuming they are beinf manipulative instead of being guilty, the truth is, we dont honestly know what theyre feeling until we run every test possible

  77. Why did they talk about dog bites/saliva? I think the myth was in regards to a dog licking a wound!

  78. My only critique is that she should have said positive punishment instead of negative reinforcement for myth 15.

  79. The subtitles aren’t in sync anymore after the reflection myth because subtitles are included for some footage that i’m assuming was edited out last minute

  80. oh myth #12 reminds me of a science fair project a classmate did back in middle school! he took samples of cat, dog, and human saliva and grew cultures from them in some petri dishes and then studied them. his conclusion found that dogs have the most bacteria of the three but that it’s the least harmful to humans. and considering this was eight grade, yes, he won every available award.

  81. Does a child actually feel guilt when they do something wrong or do they just want to not be in trouble? Maybe when they're adults they do but its defiantly the latter. I think people confuse this with the word guilt when they say dogs feel guilt. But what they really mean is the dog is aware it did something wrong and doesnt want to get in trouble for it. My dog behaves this way. And to be clear by "trouble" I mean face negative consequences, or avoiding undesired positive reinforcement ( and yes positive is the correct word).

  82. The shaving thing depends on the dog. My toy poodle absolutely prefers a short haircut.

  83. Also vets are paid by dog food companies. Just something to keep in mind is who is funding the grain free = DCM research.

  84. The way the lady on the red talks and moves her lips makes me so angry 😂

  85. 3:00 whoever made this myth doesn't know rabies😂😂😂

  86. one of the lads speaks so softly that I can't hear her and the other is about to drop her dentures with every word 🙁

  87. I think someone feels insecure about her age(she got waaay to hyped up when she rrad about the old dogs 😂)

  88. I'm scared of the people who think that Dog Saliva can heal wounds. Like, bruh your dog will lick their genitals, their own poo and you are telling me that their lick would heal wounds.

  89. Honestly, I’ve partaken in some of the negative reinforcements that they spoke against and it makes me feel bad for my dog

  90. What's the puppy's breed at 5:25 ?

  91. I cook eggs for my dog

  92. “They shed different coats at different times on the year” sis my shih tzu’s fur only comes out when brushing and if he’s rolling around on something really hard. He starts panting really quickly in the the summer when he’s extra furry and needs a groom.

  93. I will say I can't exactly agree with the shaving the dog conclusion. Not all dogs need to be shaved but dogs that are meant for cold weather should be considered. my childhood dog was over 100 pounds (130 at one point) had thick black fur and a giant mane. Shaving her helped her 100% in the summer. She was a black German shepard mix. I think the color of the coat has a lot to do with it. So if you have a dog like a German shepard or a dog with dark fur shaving is a really good option. The proof is in the pudding. I will also add that I know of a black corgi and he has a very hard time in summer hes never been shaved but I bet hed prefer it. Black dogs cook in the summer Sun!

  94. I watched a dog skulk around for nearly a year as repairs were made on damage he’d done to a wall. Damage he hadn’t gotten in trouble for, as we didn’t yet understand his claustrophobia. He knew he’d done it, knew he shouldn’t have, and acted accordingly when what we were doing reminded him of it. All without any punishment of any kind attached to the act. We were shocked when we saw it, but not angry, as he’d dug halfway through a wall and stopped when he reached the other side. We don’t know why he stopped. We may have actually laughed at how almost perfectly he’d made the hole.

    I know some dogs don’t feel anything like guilt. This was my friend’s Shiba. A rescue. My Shiba did not give a damn. You caught him doing something he shouldn’t and he acted like a cat. “What? Me? Must have been someone else.” Meanwhile, our Pom would be doing everything he could to confess to things we knew he hadn’t done.

    Every dog I’ve ever met had a different personality. Thirty years ago we were still arguing whether they could be said to have minds at all. I’m wary of anyone claiming to know something like this about ALL dogs. I suppose if one of those very well trained dogs we now use in MRI tests were to have an accident…

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