Through the centuries we’ve domesticated, trained, and bred dogs to be by our side. From scary wolves that howl at the moon to the cute Labradoodle on your sofa today, it’s really no surprise that there are plenty of superstitions about dogs.
Dog legends – heaven or hell?
A favourite subject in myths and legend, in Greek mythology Cerberus was the three-headed dog who guarded Hades and kept guarding it for the Romans, too. Whilst over in Ancient Persia, Zoroastrianism believed dogs were sacred beings. And even to this day in Nepal the Hindu festival of Tihar has a whole day dedicated to celebrating dogs. Heavenly.
But back to the raising hairs on the back of your neck part. Superstitious or not, we’d like to delve a little deeper into these mystical, magical dog powers. The people who included the bit about ‘It’s unlucky to meet a barking dog early in the morning” (taken from the 1949 Encyclopedia of Superstitions), had clearly never met any dog, ever.
Howling however? Now that’s an entirely different matter.
Supernatural and spooky dogs
Here are our five finest superstitions about dogs. You never know, some might even make you look at your furry little friend a little differently…
And when some cultures believe that dogs deliver good fortune, we’ll take that over having to pick up dog poo, any day.
1. Dogs don’t just bark at thin air
Does your dog often bark or growl at nothing? Yes. But is it spooky? Also yes. When a dog barks at thin air, what they’re actually doing is barking at a ghost. You’re welcome.
2. Stepping in dog poo is good luck
Dog poo isn’t top of the list of great things to step into by any means. In France however, tradition dictates if you step in dog poo with your left foot, good luck is sure to follow. If however, your right foot wades in the poo first, then it’s just the opposite, sorry!
3. Dogs know when arguments are about to happen
When a couple are walking side by side and a dog crosses in between them, it’s a (surefire) sign that a row is on the way – or that your marriage is in danger. If you’re engaged, it’s not much better – a sign that your wedding will be cancelled. Again, sorry.
4. Walked under a ladder? Find a dog
So we did some delving on this and if you walk under a ladder, it’s going to be fine. But you asked for dog superstitions so you’re going to need to keep your fingers crossed until you find a dog.
If you spot an ambulance however, hold your breath till you find a black or brown dog. Good luck with that, and don’t try it at home or you’ll need one! If you see a Dalmatian, you can breathe easily, they’re good luck. Ditto greyhounds with white spots on their foreheads.
5. Dogs can root out the bad guys
Top of our list of superstitions about dogs (that could actually be true) is this: if your dog appears angry or defensive around someone for no apparent reason, stay clear of them and their untrusted ways. Some people believe this is a sign that the person is not to be trusted.
Has your dog ever given you a reason to think that he or she has powers beyond belief? Share your spooky dog superstition stories with us.