Dogs have been an integral part of human culture for decades. As a result, many so-called facts about dogs have come to be considered “common knowledge” by dog lovers everywhere. Realistically, though, just because many people believe in something doesn’t make it true. For example, just a few years ago, astrologists declared that Pluto is no longer a planet. Can you believe it? We all believed this for so long, and now it’s considered something of a myth. Well, the same can be said about dog facts. Here’s 3 common myths about dogs debunked.
Myth #1: You Can’t Teach Old Dogs New Tricks
Just as younger kids today believe that old folks are so stuck in their ways that they can’t change, so too do many people think that their 8 year old dog can’t learn new commands. While it is true that senior dogs will require more practice, they certainly CAN be taught new manners, tricks, commands, and cues. Whether you feel like you neglected training your aged dog properly during his lifetime, or adopted an already elderly pup, remember that they can learn–all it takes is patience and persistence.
Myth #2: To Housebreak Dogs, ‘Rub Their Nose In It’
Nobody likes coming home to dog pee or poop on the floor. “Common wisdom” tells us that in order to teach a dog that they should not urinate or defecate inside, we should “rub their nose in it.” In reality, though, this kind of discipline can cause more harm than good. You can only teach a dog that pottying in the house is wrong if you catch them in the act. Even then, you should not rub their nose in it. Instead, just give them a sharp “no” and take them outside immediately. If you try rubbing their nose in something that is essentially ancient history to them, you may end up causing them serious anxiety. For example, they may come to believe that you disapprove of them pottying altogether. This could, in turn, lead to them eating or trying to hide their feces so that you don’t punish them.
Myth #3: Dogs Are Color Blind
We’ve seen it in mainstream cartoons and movies for years: dogs only see in black and white. This “knowledge” was based on outdated research. The truth is that dogs can see shades of yellow, blue, and violet. Interesting, right? While it’s true that they can’t see all the same colors that we humans can, they can certainly detect many more shades and hues than people had once believed. Now that you know this, be sure to shower your furry friend with lots of colorful toys!