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5 Myths About Dogs You Shouldn't Believe


One or the other myth is circulating about the behavior of dogs. Some of it is true in parts, but some are completely wrong. The following tips shed light on some typical mistakes about the popular four-legged friends. Puppy protection is usually a myth - Shutterstock / Grant Johnson

"Adult dogs would never attack puppies, after all they are under puppy protection!" This is a common myth that is unfortunately not true. You can read here what this and other misunderstandings about human best friend are all about.

1. Dog babies are under puppy protection

There is puppy protection only in your own pack, with other dogs you have to be careful when your puppy approaches them. Don't just let the little guy run towards an adult dog because the big four-legged friend might find that annoying and fight back by snarling or even biting. Your little puppy would then have bad experiences with fellow species at a young age and, at worst, could develop an anxiety disorder. It is best to speak to the owners of adult dogs so that you can make the first encounter with the animal three-cheese high as harmonious as possible.

2. Dogs that don't obey are stubborn

Dogs learn depending on the situation and location. You need up to 5,000 repetitions of a basic command or other exercise until you master it perfectly. So do not be impatient with your mustache if it does not immediately respond to a command in every situation. He may not yet have understood that "Sit!" or "space!" always mean the same thing and do not only apply in a certain context. It has nothing to do with stubbornness, nor with deliberate disobedience.

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3. Disobedience is dominance

Another myth about a dog's disobedient behavior is the so-called dominance behavior. It is of no use for the dog within a pack or as a pet to behave dominantly. However, dogs try to make life as pleasant as possible and to defend vital resources such as dog food, water and resting places. So if your dog appears to be dominant, he will most likely defend one of these resources.

For example, your four-legged friend may be used to jumping on the couch. If you forbid him to do it all at once, he'll probably respond with disobedience. Maybe he's just coming in from outside and has dirty paws so you don't want him to mess up the sofa. But the dog only perceives that you are forbidding him his favorite place and no longer understands the world.

4. Dog and cat don't get along

Dogs and cats can be used to each other - this works especially well when they grow up together. The difficulty and the reason for the myth are that cats and dogs speak a different language and this can lead to misunderstandings. However, the animals can learn each other's language and thus correctly interpret the signals from their counterpart after a certain time.

5. Dogs need a dog company

If dogs are still small and are in the socialization phase, they actually need contact with other species. Later, it depends on what your four-legged friend has got used to. If he is mainly with people or with other animals, he does not lack his fellow species. But if he plays a lot and often with other dogs and knows their company, he misses when the situation changes. For the social behavior of your favorite, however, it is advisable that he comes into contact with other dogs early in the dog school, for example.