Common Dog Myths Busted

Posted by on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 in Blog

Common Dog Myths Busted

Dog training has become more of a science than a hobby these days. Take a look at the truth behind some common dog myths.  Though some myths still mislead us when assessing our dogs’ behavior.

Don’t let a myth harm your relationship with your dog. Check out the most common myths misleading today’s dog owners.

Myth 1. An old dog can’t learn new tricks.

False. Apart from intense agility training, as long as your dog is mentally and physically capable, and motivated, it’s entirely possible for him or her to learn new tricks.

Myth 2. A dog shouldn’t sleep with you or be allowed on furniture, otherwise, he or she will become spoiled and misbehave.

False. Like humans, dogs simply want a comfortable place to sleep or lie down. If comfort includes time with their owner, then they’re all for it. Note: Some dogs may guard their sleeping or resting spot, but this is rare.

Myth 3. When your dog has a potty accident, it’s important to rub his nose in it to let him know what he did.

False. When you rub a dog’s nose in her own mess, she often sees no association between that and her having had a potty accident. Nor does rubbing her nose in her accident teach her not to potty on the floor again.

Myth 4. A dog who cowers from people was likely abused in the past.

False. There are various reasons for dogs to cower or be timid. In most cases, the dog might not have been properly socialized or had negative experiences during her prime socialization period as a puppy. The dog might just duck away because it learned to dodge people who try to grab its collar.

Myth 5. Shelter dogs have too much baggage. It’s better to adopt a puppy with a clean slate.

False. Many shelter dogs are well-behaved pets who, for a countless number of reasons, could not be kept by their original owners. Older dogs make ideal candidates for people wanting to skip the puppy stages of chewing, potty training and mouthing.

Myth 6. All dogs should be around other dogs.

False. Some people are introverted, and so are some dogs. Some dogs may prefer solitude and only a small, select group of people. Whether from lack of socialization as a puppy or simply an individual preference, dogs may not enjoy other canine’s company.

Myth 7. You should let dogs just fight it out when they get into a scuffle.

False (well, at least partly false). It’s true you should never get into the middle of a dog fight to break it up because that’s when many dog bites happen. Instead, trying using water, a really loud noise, or even a distraction like grabbing a treat bag. Dogs don’t normally settle matters on their own and fighting will most likely intensify if nothing is done.

 

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