You think you know everything about the canine species? We recommend the following list of the most common myths that are not entirely true!
A dog needs an alpha
And science proves us the opposite. There is no evidence of a hierarchy between two different species. A dog does not try to dominate a human!
It is better to focus on good training, avoid conflicts and reinforce the positive in your dog's attitude.
In short, a dog doesn't need a pack leader, it needs you as a guide!
Dogs only see in black and white
My dog doesn't like the neighbor's dog
They are protecting their respective territories
They are frustrated because they can't play together
Dogs take their revenge
Because you went to work during the day, your dog took revenge by eating your shoe? Not really, revenge is a human feeling. If your dog ate your shoe, it's because he was bored!
Provide your dog with toys, set up habits and a routine to limit the boredom of your pet in your absence, you will see, the mischief will be less and less frequent.
Their nose is an indicator of good health
If the nose is hot, the dog is sick? No, the nose may be hot from exposure to the sun, but that doesn't necessarily mean your dog is sick.
On the other hand, your dog can be sick but have a cold nose.
We advise you to base your diagnosis on your pet's body temperature, which should be between 38 and 39°C.
Some dog breeds are more aggressive than others
Of course, we disagree. All dogs can be aggressive, but it does not mean all of them necessary are. Also, a lab can be more aggressive than a pitbull.
It is not a question of breed, it is a question of education and socialization. A dog considered "dangerous" because of the physical characteristics of the breed is not necessarily dangerous. It is simply an effort of education and socialization on the humans part, to ensure that the dog never develops aggressive behavior, towards humans or animals!
You can't train a puppy
One human year corresponds to 7 dog years
Unfortunately, it is not that simple. The human age of a dog is calculated thanks to various variants, such as its age, its size and its breed. A 2 year old dog, small size, will have a human age around 13 years, while a large dog, at the same age, will have a human age of more like 18 years!
No need to walk a dog that stays in the garden
An old dog can't learn anything
Well, with the right method, you can. It may be more difficult than with a puppy, but with patience and regularity, you can for example teach an older dog to walk on a leash, taking into account the general health of the dog.
A dog can heal its wound by licking it
You should not look a dog in the eyes
And yet we invite you to do so, because studies prove that it increases the production of the well-being hormone (oxytocin) in both you and your dog.
Eye contact is an invaluable tool for forming a strong bond with your dog, so don't hesitate any longer.
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