Common Dog Myths

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Many of us are familiar with common canine stereotypes: dogs hate mail carriers; dogs love bones; dogs and cats are natural-born enemies. As with many stereotypes, these are somewhat rooted in truth.  For example, dogs may not hate mail carriers specifically, but they do have a natural instinct to protect and alert you to any stranger coming up to the house. Dogs love raw bones because they love to chew in general. Dogs don’t specifically hate cats, but their natural prey drive may cause some tension—but it’s still very possible for dogs and cats to get along just fine. We’ve compiled a list of seven common dog misconceptions and their origins. In other words, we’re debunking common dog myths. 

Dogs see in black and white

Until as recently as 2013, researchers believed that dogs could only see in black and white, recognizing colors by their levels of brightness. However, it’s a bit more gray than that. While dogs can’t see colors to the extent that humans can, they can see the world in shades of blue, yellow, and gray. Instead of seeing red and green as contrasting colors, dogs are able to best distinguish yellow from blue. This means that if you’re playing fetch with your pup in a green grassy field, you’ll want to use a blue or yellow ball, rather than red. Otherwise, Fido may have a tough time finding what looks to him like a gray ball in a gray field. 

A wagging tail is a sign of a happy dog

A peppy pooch may wag his wail to show excitement, but that’s not the only reason. As with human expressions, a dog’s tail is a key indicator of his mood. Depending on the type of tail wag, your pup could be expressing excitement, discomfort, fear, or aggression.  A neutral tail accompanied by a brisk wag generally indicates a calm, content canine. A higher-than-neutral tail, sometimes paired with a quick wag, could mean your dog is feeling threatened—take it as a warning sign that it’s time to diffuse the situation. A lower-than-neutral tail is typically a sign of fear or submission. This can sometimes be accompanied by a subtle, subdued tail wag. 

If your dog’s tail is telling you that he needs to calm down, PetStrips’ Travel and Calming Aid uses all-natural ingredients to soothe an anxious pup in a tasty way.

Travel & Calming Aid

Travel and Calming Strips are chicken flavored quick dissolving supplements with natural ingredients that help dogs with nervous, anxious, or aggressive behaviors feel calm and comfortable. These calming treats contain 20mg of Tryptophan per strip and L-Theanine that helps stimulate brain waves to promote relaxation with no drowsy effect. Each strip contains Melatonin and Chamomile, helping with hyperactive & aggressive behavior, which act as a relaxer that can help reduce jumping, biting, and barking from dogs that display aggressive or hyperactive tendencies. This Calming Strip supplement may encourage natural anti-anxiety relief for a thunderstorm, fireworks, car rides, or separation anxiety. These treats contain an advanced complex of proven ingredients such as Ashwagandha Root and L-Tryptophan to help minimize outbursts, while Tryptophan reduces scratching, restlessness, paw licking, and striping.

Cute white dog running outside through the yard, looks like she’s flying

A dog’s nose should always be cold and wet

Many dog owners are familiar with the concept that a cold, wet canine nose is healthy while a warm, dry nose is a sign that their dog is sick. However, it’s not necessarily that simple. Your dog’s nose shouldn’t be the primary indicator of his health. A moist nose could be an indicator of a healthy dog, or it could be a symptom of a nasal issue. Similarly, a dry nose could simply be the result of sun exposure, or it could be a sign of something more serious like canine distemper virus. Instead, pay closer attention to other factors such as eating and drinking habits, energy levels, and behavioral changes.

If Fido’s nose is consistently dry, it may be a symptom of seasonal allergies. PetStrips’ Allergy Skin and Allergy can help dogs who are experiencing occasional or seasonal allergies by, supporting a healthy immune system and normal histamine levels. If Fido’s nose is consistently dry, it may be a symptom of allergies. PetStrips’ Allergy Skin and Allergy heal skin issues from the inside out, supporting a healthy immune system and normal histamine levels.

Skin & Seasonal Allergies

Petstrips Skin & Seasonal Allergies strip is a natural supplement that supports the skin, coat, hips and joints, heart, and immune system. Absorption of Petstrips bypasses the digestive system and delivers the supplements right to the bloodstream. The ingredients are quickly delivered, usually more potent, and less health supplements will be needed to do the job it’s intended. Our quick dissolving formula is loaded with the healthy Omega-3 fatty acid (with EPA and DHA) to support health and wellness for your canine companion. The rich Omegas from fish and pork help to aid hip, joint, heart, and immune function to keep your four-legged friend feeling lively and active every day staying in great shape, without the fuss. If your pet has dry skin, a dull shedding coat, hot spots, or itching and irritation, Curcumin from turmeric provides relief and nourishment keep skin and coats in the best condition. For pet parents looking for an alternative to capsules, raw treats, or oil additives, all it takes is one strip added to your pets’ tongue or roof of the mouth to support your pet more effectively.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks 

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a common idiom used to refer to peoples’ stubbornness to learn new things when they’re already set in their ways. Dogs may be stubborn too, but they’re certainly not incapable of learning new tricks in old age. Teaching an old dog new tricks and habits can be a tough feat, but it’s well worth it—especially if it means helping your dog unlearn bad habits. It’s also never a bad idea to stimulate your senior pup’s mental muscles to keep his mind sharp. Of course, when it comes to teaching an old dog new tricks, you’ll want to be mindful of your dog’s abilities and limitations. Choose tricks that are easy on the joints, and give plenty of time for rest and recovery. 

PetStrips has a variety of products made with senior dogs in mind, such as the Hip & Joint Relief which ease joint stiffness and enhance bone and joint health.

Hip & Joint Relief

Our Hip & Joint Strips are pet supplements specifically formulated with a blend of MSM, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin that may reduce & relieve aches, soreness, inflammation & arthritis for any dog. These strips are loaded with a form of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), that undergoes a multi-stage distillation process to ensure 99.9% purity. This dog supplement contains Ingredients that may also promote immune and cardiovascular support to make sure your pet feels better than ever before. This strip comes in a mouthwatering chicken flavor that your four-legged companion will adore. Nothing better than a healthy pet that loves their feel-good treat! At Petstrips, we understand how much your pet’s health and wellness means to you, so we manufacture our strips in facilities that are NSF and GMP-certified in the USA.


One human year = seven dog years

Many of us are familiar with the adage that dogs seven times as quickly as humans, with one human year being equal to seven dog years. This misconception likely stems from the 1950s, when, on average, humans lived to be around 70 years old while dogs lived to be about 10. It is true that dogs age more quickly than humans, but because different breeds age at different rates, there’s really no simple way to calculate your dog’s “actual” age. Depending on the breed, one year could be the developmental equivalent of four years, or 15. Regardless of your dog’s age, be sure to provide a healthy diet and plenty of exercise opportunities. Don’t forget the regular vet visits, too!

Multi Vitamin

The Petstrips Multi Vitamin Strips are functional supplement strips with premium ingredients that support physical performance, antioxidants, hip & joint, heart, immune, skin, liver, & gut health for dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. For animals with sensitive skin, this formula contains Omega 3 fish oil and Vitamin E for skin health to help maintain normal moisture and pantothenic acid to help reduce oxidative stress – plus they contain no grain, corn or soy derivatives! This dog supplement contains Ingredients that may also promote immune and cardiovascular support to make sure your pet feels better than ever before. These strips also contain a four-strain vitamin blend, enzymes, and niacin to promote healthy digestion and gut flora while supporting normal bowel function for dogs. Multi- Vitamin strip feature powerful antioxidants, a premium omega 3 oil and Vitamins A, B, & D to promote healthy cardiovascular function, support liver health and enhance immune response.

A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s

If you’ve ever been smothered in canine kisses, you’ve likely heard the statement: “don’t worry! A dog’s mouth is actually cleaner than a human’s!” However, this is just another common dog myth. The misconception about clean canine mouths likely stems from the fact that most illnesses can’t be transmitted between humans and canines. Just because the bacteria is different, though, doesn’t mean it’s clean. After all, dogs use their mouths for so many different things: exploring the world around them, cleaning themselves, picking up dirty toys, and licking other dogs and humans, to name a few. Of course, the cleanliness of your dog’s mouth also depends on his doggy dental routine. This should include a canine toothbrush with toothpaste made specifically for dogs, along with chew toys that help to clean the teeth. 

Breath & Oral Health

Provide the best dental care for your dog with Petstrips Breath an Oral health strip. Our veterinarian trusted strip contains enzymes and natural ingredients that gently clean away plaque and tartar while freshening your dog’s breath. Natural thymol provides antiseptic and antioxidant benefits. Formulated to support teeth and gums, keeping them healthy and clean. These strips help to regulate oral bacteria as well as puts a barrier to cavities, staining, tooth sensitivities and unhealthy gums. No added sugar, alcohol, detergents or additives, which can support clean, fresh breath. One strip daily can promote healthy gums and maintain overall oral health.

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