10 dog superstitions


01 March 2017

1. A howling dog brings death – it was thought that a dog howling outside someone's home would swiftly bring death upon them, supposedly because the Wind God has summoned death.

2. Being followed by a stray dog brings bad luck – or good luck! This one varies depending upon the source!

3. Dogs can see ghosts – if a dog stares intently at nothing and growls then it's thought they can see a ghost

4. Some sailors in old times would refuse to bring a dog about their ship because it was considered unlucky

5. Stepping in dog poo – some people in France believe that to step in dog poo with your left foot is lucky, whereas stepping in dog poo with your right will bring misfortune

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6. It is said by some that meeting a dog on the way to a business meeting, especially a spotted dog, means the meeting will be a success

7. Seeing three white dogs together means you'll be lucky.

8. A dog eating grass foretells rain.

9. In the USA, a dog sleeping with its tail straight out and paws upturned is supposed to foretell the arrival of bad news: the direction the tail is pointing in indicates the direction the bad news will come from.

10. In medieval times it was believed that if a dog howled when a baby was born, it would have an unhappy life.