The Facts about Five Dog Myths

by Ragtimelil

There are many myths about dogs. Here are five myths that you might have believed.

Dogs have been companions to humans for thousands of years. It's not surprising that myths have grown up around them. Here's just five things you might not have known about dogs.

All Photos by Lana Pettey

1. My dog gets even with me when I leave him at home.

Dogs are very intelligent, but their sense of time is not so good. If dogs are destructive when left alone, it is because they are frustrated. They cannot plan too far into the future.  They really don't think ahead to  the time when you will be coming home and plan to do something that will be upsetting to you. They tend to live in the moment. Dogs are social creatures and some are particularly stressed when left at home. Many will find his owner’s clothing or bed because the owner’s scent is strongest there. Chewing is a typical stress reliever for dogs. So, no, it’s not to punish you, it’s just a natural expression of stress.Moss the Border Collie

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Dog Left At Home
Dog Left At Home
Photos by Lana Pettey

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2.When I come home and he’s done something wrong, he looks guilty. He knows he has done wrong.

Once again, dogs don't have a good sense of time.Dogs don’t associate the act of chewing or house soiling with the punishment if there is too great of a time span. They need to see a reaction to their behavior in a matter of seconds. What they probably have learned, is that being in the same space with you and the offending item is going to bring punishment or that your homecoming often brings punishment.

 Moss looks guilty

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3. Mixed breeds are healthier than purebreds.

Not necessarily. A conscientious breeder of purebreds will have their dogs tested for hereditary diseases and only breed those that pass. Inbreeding is not common as some people think. Mixed breeds often are the product of accidental breeding and the dogs were never tested for any hereditary problems. Breeders of mixed breeds seldom have their dogs tested before breeding. While there is a thing called hybrid vigor where the offspring are more robust than the parents, it doesn't always manifest and if it does, it will fade with subsequent generations

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4. It’s not the breed of dog, it’s how you bring them up.

Well, yes and no. Certainly good training and good socialization will do wonders for any dog, but dogs inherit traits from their parents. Some of those traits are personality and temperament traits. There has been a nature vs. nurture debate going on for years. My personal opinion is that it is a combination of both. If you have a protective or dominate breed of dog, you will need to put in extra training and socialization to overcome the nature of that dog.

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5. Dogs see only black and white

Nope. Researchers have found that dogs can see colors but not the full range that people can see. Their spectrum is more bluish, greenish and yellowish. They can’t see reds or oranges. So those favorite red and orange toys actually are harder for your dog to see. Some retriever training bumpers are white which show up well against a dark ground.Spot the Border Collie

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Did You Believe Any of These Myths About Dogs?

Updated: 06/07/2012, Ragtimelil
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What Other Myths Do People Believe?

Ragtimelil on 06/26/2012

Uh Oh.....

katiem2 on 06/26/2012

Looking forward to it :) K

Ragtimelil on 06/21/2012

Thank you. I could do more of these....

katiem2 on 06/21/2012

Good to know the truth about the many myths we hear about dogs. Thanks for the rest of the story. :) K

Ragtimelil on 06/07/2012

Glad to be of service.

chefkeem on 06/07/2012

This cleared up a few things for me (and my dog). Thanks! :)

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