Mythbuster

Mythbuster – Tug of War Leads to Aggression

Mythbuster – Tug of War Leads to Aggression

We’ve probably all heard it said, or been warned by a dog trainer that dogs playing tug of war leads to aggression and should be avoided. Makes no difference if they are playing with you or with another dog, the act of tug and the associated victory of possession creates jealousy and possessiv... »

Dog Myths

Dog Myths

SlimDoggy has had a long standing series on dog myths called Mythbusters. We’ve addressed all sorts of different dog myths from Dogs and cats hating each other to dogs being colorblind.   Today, I wanted to take a mythbusting look at BREED myths. Many different breeds have myths associate... »

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Last week, we posted an article about a German Shepherd dog on our FaceBook page. The story was that the owner had taken their dog to a local groomer for grooming and the dog ended up being shaved with only his head and tip of his tail unshaved.   The owner was distraught and threatening to sue... »

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Giving Your Dog Garlic Prevents Parasites

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Giving Your Dog Garlic Prevents Parasites

I’ve never bought into the logic behind this myth – is it supposed to detract parasites because your dog has bad breath? I don’t know, but it’s not really true. So put the garlic away. Garlic can actually be toxic to your pet. It is a member of the Allium family (which includ... »

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Do Dogs Lick to Heal Themselves?

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Do Dogs Lick to Heal Themselves?

Today we are looking at the common belief that a dog will lick a wound in order to heal it and that it actually helps heal a wound. Well, truth be told, that’s not a total myth. A dog will lick a cut and in doing so he may help to keep it clean and free from dirt. In that respect it may be hel... »

Mythbuster | What’s in a Name?

Mythbuster | What’s in a Name?

I don’t know what motivates you when naming your pets, but there are some ‘rules’ floating around out there about what’s a good name and what are things to avoid. Are these accurate, or are the just myths? Does it really matter what you name your dog? Let’s take a look ... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster | Dog Aggression or Love?

SlimDoggy MythBuster | Dog Aggression or Love?

Today we’re going to discuss a subject not frequently covered…dog humping. Yes, dogs hump each other, they hump you, they may hump the sofa pillows or a stuffed toy. But why do they hump? Some people say it’s a sign of aggression and dominance, that dogs mount each other as a displ... »

SlimDoggy Mythbuster: Do Cats Have Nine Lives?

SlimDoggy Mythbuster: Do Cats Have Nine Lives?

Do Cats Have Nine Lives? This is a myth that has been bothering Jack for quite some time, so we decided to tackle it today. The simple answer is no, cats, just like dogs, have only one life to live. Where did that saying come from?   The idea of cats having nine lives most likely stems from the... »

Mythbuster – All Dogs Love to be Pet (or is it petted?)

Mythbuster – All Dogs Love to be Pet (or is it petted?)

All dogs love to be pet right? And the easiest place to pet them is the top of their head, so it’s okay to  pet them there – they like it. And with little dogs, it’s okay to just pick them up and pet them! I think those myths have been busted pretty thoroughly over the last few yea... »

MythBuster #8 Do Dogs Remember?

MythBuster #8 Do Dogs Remember?

Last spring they planted a crop of peppers in the fields at the end of our street. At the time, I posted a picture of Jack looking over the field wishing and hoping they were growing bacon. Well, the crop has grown and they harvested it 2 weeks ago. I posted some pictures of the workers and the big ... »

Mythbuster #7 Dogs Hate Cats and Vice Versa

Mythbuster #7 Dogs Hate Cats and Vice Versa

This is a well known fact – Dogs hate cats and cats hate dogs – right? The animosity between the two species is well-documented through the ages in books, movies, cartoons and maybe even in your daily life. But is it true?     Of course not – if it was true how do explain... »

Pet Wellness Mythbusters #6

Pet Wellness Mythbusters #6

We’re adding to our MythBuster series today and focusing on wellness myths since it’s Pet Wellness Month. What is Pet Wellness? It’s just what you think – keeping your pet fit, health and “well”. It’s preventative medicine for your pet. Many vets provide spe... »

SlimDoggy Mythbuster #5 – Poop

SlimDoggy Mythbuster #5 – Poop

Yes, you read that right, we’re mythbusting about poop today. We’re joining Sugar, the Golden Retriever’s Scoop that Poop blog hop – a hop dedicated to raising awareness on the importance of scooping your dog’s poop. Along with Dogster.com they’ve created a great ... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster #4 – Dog’s Aging

SlimDoggy MythBuster #4 – Dog’s Aging

Today’s mythbusting is about dog’s aging. We all know dog’s life expectancy is much shorter than humans, so they age much faster.  And we’ve probably all heard that one year in human aging is equivalent to 7 years in dog aging. That’s pretty fast and…not all that ... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster #3: Are Dogs Colorblind?

SlimDoggy MythBuster #3: Are Dogs Colorblind?

Today’s myth busting is on something I think we’ve all believed for some time and only recently beginning to hear otherwise and that is that dogs are colorblind. I’ve always heard – and believed that they were, that they were able to see only varying shades of grey/black/whit... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster #2

SlimDoggy MythBuster #2

Today’s myth-busting is about a dog’s mouth. Maybe you’ve heard the old wives tale that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans? Is it true? Let’s break it down. Here’s a list of things I see Jack put in his mouth almost every day: dog food grass coyote poop rabbit... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster #1

SlimDoggy MythBuster #1

Today we are starting a new semi-regular series on dog myths. There are lots of myths out there about dogs, dog food, dog health and dog behavior. Lots of misinformation, lots of ‘google’ expert advice and lots of plain untruths. We’re going to help dispel some of these and give yo... »