The Truth About Cats And Dogs

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(NAPSA)-When it comes to dogs and cats, myths abound, but you can be wise to their ways if you fol­low a few facts.

“The prob­lem with myths is that pet own­ers who act on mis­in­for­ma­tion may not best meet the needs of their dog or cat,” said Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club(®) (AKC) Meet the Breeds(®) Spokesper­son Gina DiNardo.

To sep­a­rate fact from fic­tion, the AKC and The In­ter­na­tional Cat As­so­ci­a­tion set the record straight on some of the most well­known myths: taste, their bod­ies don’t have much lac­tase and milk can give adult cats di­ar­rhea. False. It’s an old wives tale that cold, wet noses in­di­cate health. The only way to tell your dog’s tem­per­a­ture is to take it with a ther­mome­ter. with their mouths-True. Cats have a small scent gland called the vomeronasal or­gan on the roof of their mouth. To get a re­ally good whiff of some­thing, they’ll open their mouths very wide so the odor hits the gland. While a nat­u­ral, mid-level wag­ging tail in­di­cates hap­pi­ness, most other wags mean the op­po­site. A high, stiff wag­ging tail means the dog is ag­i­tated and ready to pro­tect some­thing and a low, quick wag means the dog is scared and sub­mis­sive. purr when con­tent but will also purr when in pain.

It’s true you can learn more about dog and cat myths and train­ing di­rectly from pet ex­perts at the world’s largest show­case of dogs and cats, AKC Meet the Breeds. It fea­tures hun­dreds of breeds in booths dec­o­rated to de­pict each one’s ori­gin, his­tor­i­cal func­tion and at­tributes as a pet. This fam­ily-friendly event, held in New York in Novem­ber, lets po­ten­tial pet own­ers in­ter­act with re­spon­si­ble breed­ers and play with dogs and cats while learn­ing about pet own­er­ship and the right pet for their life­style. For more in­for­ma­tion,

visit www. MeetTheBreeds.com.

Photo Diane Lewis for the AKC

It’s a myth that you can’t teach an adult dog new tricks. An adult dog can learn to shake hands, speak and roll over if you keep train­ing ses­sions short and fun and use pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment, in­clud­ing praise and treats.

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