Four dog myths demystified

Four dog myths demystified

Whether related to a dog’s behaviour or techniques for training it, these myths deserve to be debunked.

January 25, 2021

Many families have added a furry member to their family during the pandemic. And, because we can never know enough about how to take good care of these new friends, we can sometimes be misled by certain myths. Debunking them could help more than one prospective dog owner.

Some dogs simply do not obey
This is not entirely true. It is rather a question of context: if a dog has never been trained, if it is older, if it has had certain experiences, it may seem less likely to obey us. On the other hand, it is important to know that the process of training an animal is very long and demanding. We should not be discouraged: good training is always possible and, above all, important, regardless of a dog’s age. 

An older dog can’t be trained
Contrary to the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” a dog's learning can continue throughout its lifetime. Beginning with housebreaking in the first few months, some basic tricks can follow. After that, it is always possible to add more, with a lot of patience and time. In addition, continuing to teach your dog new things will help it develop and is good for its brain. 

No need to take your dog out if you have a large yard
Don’t make this mistake! Fido needs a different environment to socialize and get a change of pace. It's the same for you: if you spent all your time within the walls of your home, even if it's big, time would go by slowly! So, to get both of you moving and to socialize your pet, you should try to take your dog for a walk at least once a day. 

Dogs may feel the need for revenge
Even if we sometimes think a dog’s seemingly bad mood is due to its need to “pay us back” for something, revenge is a human trait. So, if your dog tends to do something naughty when you're away, it’s mainly to calm its feelings of stress and to let off steam. It’s certainly not its way of punishing you for your absence, as some might think. 

Information about pets circulates quickly and abundantly these days! There are many myths about dogs, which is why it is important to get your info from the best sources before buying in to certain practices and beliefs.

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