13 Common “Facts” About Dogs That Are Totally False
You may think you know everything there is to know about pups, but it’s entirely possible that you’ve fallen for at least a few common dog “facts” that are actually completely untrue. With help from vets, dog trainers, and behaviorists, we’re busting the most egregious dog myths.
Rubbing your dog’s nose in an accident curbs future behavior
Dogs tend to understand behavior problems at the time the behavior occurs. That means that when you come home to an accident and rub your dog’s nose in it, he likely will not make the connection. “When you do this, you’re in essence punishing a dog that doesn’t know why he is being punished. This could exacerbate the issue and create more potty problems in the future,” warns Dr. Christman. “Rather, it’s best to catch him in the act and redirect him to his proper potty destination. Also, make sure to clean up accidents with a pet-friendly cleaner since dogs will often return to spots they’ve marked before.”
Adopting two puppies at once is best since they’ll have a playmate
This sounds like a perfectly reasonable approach, but it may lead to headaches all around, warns Gibson. “From a training and behavioral standpoint, the biggest issues I see with two young puppies being raised together are that they end up being much harder to train,” he says. “They are oftentimes so co-dependent upon the other that they don’t seem to develop nearly as much as a puppy raised appropriately by itself. They are very distracted by each other, and their bond is typically so strong that they have less value in their human relationships.”
The more you “love,” the better the dog
Love is important when it comes to fostering a healthy relationship with your pup and training them magnificently, but don’t confuse love with poor boundaries. “Pets are increasingly seen as part of the family and that can be wonderful. We often want to indulge them by giving them the comfiest seat in the house or food from the table but that can backfire,” notes Roa. “Like human children, our furry kids require boundaries. Without boundaries, you will end up with many behavioral issues that can include aggression. Gentle guidance and redirection will help you establish a mutually respectful bond that benefits both you and your pet.” Besides, these are the 19 things your dog actually does want from you.