The dog is one of the world’s most popular and social pets. Dog owners are usually fond of their four-legged friends and that is understandable, because they give their owners love in a unique way. You can walk with it, they guard the house, you can play with it, they like to cuddle and so on. Yet there are some stubborn myths about dogs and a lot of people tend to believe these stories. But what is the truth behind 5 frequently told dog myths?
The warm and dry nose
Many people believe that dogs, and by extension other pets like cats, have a cold and wet nose. Such a nose would be a sign of health. Yet that is not always the case, because even with a healthy dog the nose can sometimes feel warm and dry. If you, as the owner, still think that a dry nose indicates health problems, you can of course still take action and go to the vet. Being sure can never hurt, right?
The soft spot
The following myth has to do with petting your dog. Many people believe that your four-legged friend loves it when he or she is caressed in the lower abdomen and the saddle region of the body. This myth stems from the fact that dogs react rather special to caresses about these parts of the body: they start to spin around, jump up and down and scratch their legs. Yet the opposite is true, because owners often do not realize that the caresses affect the nervous system of the dog, as a result of which the animal inadvertently starts all kinds of movements.
Pee with the paw up
Adult dogs, especially the males but sometimes also the females, raise a leg when they pee and this in contrast to puppies. The myth is that our four-legged friends do that because of their hormones, but that is actually sheer nonsense. dogs are social animals and so they want to let them know where they have been. By lifting their paw upwards, the urine simply sprays out wider and that helps the animals to spread their scent. You can compare it a bit with leopards that define their territory on the savannah by urinating against trees. Let them know ‘I’ve been here’.
The following myth consists of the cliché that your old dogs can not learn new things. So you can let a dog do only new trucks when it is still a young animal. That is wrong, because dogs are intelligent animals that are never too old to learn things. What’s more, by teaching an old dog new behaviors, you just stimulate the health of his mind and that can only be positive.
Wait with training
The last myth is that many dog owners are convinced that they have to wait until their puppy is six months before they can train the animal. This myth is because dogs around the age of six months slowly mature and thus better understand what is being taught them. That is not correct, because actually you can train the puppy best from the moment the animal arrives at your home. After all, young dogs are soon able to learn certain behaviors. In this way you also avoid that the puppy is going to do difficult when he is almost full grown. So do not wait too long to go to a good dog school. Take a look in advance and discover if the style of teaching suits you. If you feel at ease in your dog school, it will be fun for you and your dog to learn and work together in these lessons.
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