You can not teach an old dog new tricks. Well, that's one of the frequent myths about dogs. But the truth is that you can teach even senior dogs new commands. It just takes a lot more patience. Did you think dogs see black and white? Again a mistake! So what about all the commonly known claims? In today's article, we will try to dispel several myths about the dog world and explain them reasonably. Ok lets go.
1. DOGS SEE BLACK AND WHITE
One of the most common myths was disproved by several scientific experiments. It cannot be said that dogs see the same colors as humans. They recognize a limited spectrum of colors and see more like people who are color blind. On the other hand, they recognize contours much better.
2. YOU CAN'T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS
As we have already mentioned, this myth is beside the point. If you overflow with patience and love for your canine senior, he will reward you by learning a new command. Dogs are very adaptable and, like humans, they are lifelong learners. It just gets worse and worse with age. It is also important to take into account that an older dog no longer has as much energy, it can be harder to see and it is more difficult to move, so we cannot ask him for any strenuous dog parts.
3. A DRY Muzzle IS A SIGN OF DISEASE
Who among you has ever heard this statement? Did you follow him? If your dog has a dry or warm nose, this is not a cause for concern. This myth probably originated in a period when the distemper disease was widespread among dogs. It is manifested by the thickening of the snout and pads of the paws. Because of this, it was believed at the time that if a dog had a cold and wet snout, it was healthy. Nowadays, thanks to vaccination, distemper does not occur as much, but the myth of the muzzle is still passed down. You should only pay attention if the nose has been dried for a long time. In this case, it could indicate some health problems.
4. ONE YEAR OF A DOG'S LIFE IS LIKE SEVEN HUMAN YEARS
This calculation was created for a better idea of the dog's age. But we certainly cannot take it literally. Dogs age differently at different times in their lives. While they mature very quickly in the first two years, aging slows down in later years. For a better idea - in the first year and a half, we can compare a dog to a 15-year-old teenager. At two years old, he is already an adult. It also depends a lot on the breed and size of the dog.
5. A DOG WHO GETS ONLY RAW MEAT BECOMES AGGRESSIVE
Recently, the so-called BARF, or feeding a dog with raw food, has become more and more popular. There is also another myth associated with this, that dogs fed this way are aggressive. You can rest easy, there is no connection between raw meat and aggression. It is true that some dogs defend their bowl, but it is not related to raw meat. They can even have a bowl of carrots if they like it. But it is good to eliminate this possessive tendency towards the bowl and teach the dog from a young age that there is no reason to fight over it.
6. DOG FLEAS DO NOT COME ON HUMANS
But they go! There is not a grain of truth in this famous movie quote. Dog fleas will gladly choose you as their host and will literally drink your blood.