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.