After been asked to be a guest writer in this month’s Chesterfield 1st by our partner Calagran Four Paws Hotel kennels and cattery in Arkwright Town, I was very happy and then the thought of what to write about? As a full time dog trainer I thought I would address some of the myths I hear on a daily basis. One of the most important thing when training a dog is to understand them and allow yourself to change your views when science proves otherwise. When I began working with dogs 17yrs ago I also believed most of these myths and now I know better and so can you.
1. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks…
This is the one most people will have said at some point in their life. I work with dogs on a daily basis and haven’t met a dog who you couldn’t teach a new trick too. With an older dog it takes longer for them to learn it but isn’t that the same with humans?
2. Dogs are always trying to dominate us humans.
The fact is dogs are no trying to take over the world or even just your house. The fact is dogs need to feel safe and secure and you dominating your dog will only make you dog feel insecure and could cause the dog to show behaviour problems such as aggression. Positive reinforcement is the way forward.
3. A wagging tail means a friendly dog
Happy dogs do wag there tail but so do aggressive dog so not every wagging tail is a happy friendly dog. Dogs use their tail for communication with each other and it will show their intent. A dog that wags his tail and moves his entire rear end, is usually demonstrating a friendly wag. Tails that are wagged when held higher, a twitching tail or a wagging tail held over the back may be associated with aggression.
4. Dogs should have a litter before they are spayed.
Dogs that have a litter before they are spayed are not better off in anyway. The fact is that spayed dogs are at lower risk for breast cancer and uterine infections. It is advised that you let them have their first season
5. Mutts are always healthier than purebred dogs.
This is a common myth that many people believe to be true. Both mutts and purebred dogs can be either unhealthy or healthy. However, it is true that mutts generally do not have as many of the genetic diseases that you may find in purebred lines.
I hope I have given you some food for thought and if you would like more information on training your dog or are thinking of getting a dog please feel free to take a look at www.positivepawstraining.co.uk or drop me a line on email@example.com Positive Paws Training have classes starting in September at Calagran Four Paws Hotel
Guest author – Gemma Ibbotson VSPDT