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Five Dog Myths Debunked

Dog park blogWhen it comes to dogs, there is a lot of information out there. Some of it is true, and some of it is downright false. Below are five common misconceptions people have about dogs:

1. Old dogs can’t learn new tricks.

False! Mature dogs not only can learn new things, they often excel at training. Once out of the puppy stage, attention spans tend to get longer and housebreaking typically goes quicker. As long as a dog is physically and mentally able to do what is being asked, old dogs can certainly pick up new tricks.

2. Shelter dogs have too much baggage. 

So false! Dogs end up in shelters for a long list of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with the animal. These dogs are simply in need of a loving home where they can thrive.

3. Dogs shouldn’t be allowed on the furniture, or they will think they’re in charge.

Whether a dog is allowed on the furniture or not is absolutely up to the owner. However, there is a misconception about the link between bad behavior and being allowed up on the couch. Like people, dogs just like to rest where it’s comfortable. They’re not going to think they own the house just because they’re allowed to snooze next to their owner in bed.

4. Dogs must enjoy the company of other dogs, otherwise there’s something wrong.

While it’s ideal to get your dog as socialized as possible to avoid fear and aggression issues, not every dog is going to be a social butterfly. Not every canine is cut out for the dog park, and that’s okay.

5. Dogs chew or destroy things to get back at their owners.

Not true! Most of the time, dogs chew on things like shoes or furniture because they’re bored or it feels good for their teeth. Sometimes, this behavior is related to separation anxiety, but dogs aren’t intentionally trying to get back at their owners.

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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • tony paladino June 17, 2014, 5:55 am

    You forgot one very important dog myth which is “All Dogs Know How To Swim” this should have been number one…. imo

  • s. Casdorph June 17, 2014, 6:56 am

    As the western coordinator for German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue since 1988, I have found that rescue dogs, once they are settled in their new home, bond even stronger than a new puppy that has no experience of how bad the world can be. The rescue dogs fully understand and appreciate what a good home means.

    • Jan August 12, 2014, 5:50 am

      They are the best… I have three….. :0)

  • Bill June 17, 2014, 7:16 am

    Our 100 pound German Shepherd loves the couch. However, if he is laying on my side of the couch and I come in and just look at him, he gets up and moves to the other end of the couch.

    WE got him at 7 years old and he knew many tricks, but did not shake paws, He is now 9 years old and all I have to do is hold my hand out (not saying a word) and I get a paw in my hand (of course he expects to get petted).

  • Yvette June 17, 2014, 8:13 am

    I agree with all of these items. Thanks for putting this out there people to read.

  • Jordan Walker June 18, 2014, 1:46 am

    I agree to these 5 dog myths. Not only puppies can learn new tricks but also the old dogs. I have a 9 years old dog now and I still trained him some new tricks and he still can get it. And also dogs chew things to ease the discomfort they are feeling. Chewing not only facilitates teething, but also makes sore gums feel better.

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