Dogs are one of the more puzzling members of the family. They can be sweet and adoring lapdogs one minute, then explode into a barking fit at the vacuum cleaner the next minute. Really, it's no surprise that there are so many old wives' tales about dogs and kids. Children seem to be the favorite topic of these tales, anyway, so of course many of them also include these baffling furry family members as well.
Whether you call them old wives' tales, myths, or folk stories, these old-school beliefs seem to come from attempts to make sense of the world. Hey, before everyone had access to Google all the time, word-of-mouth was the primary way to spread information, and sometimes the facts got lost along the way. It leads to some pretty interesting collections of info.
So when it comes to these common beliefs about kids and dogs, it's smart to step back for a minute and consider the facts. Even when your distant cousin and dozens of people on a parenting forum insist something is true, it's still wise to investigate. For the most part, though, these stories are entertaining and interesting, even if they aren't 100 percent true in the strictest sense.