Things you might not know about dogs
Six common myths about your friend
1. Dogs can only see in black and white
Dogs can see some colours - their perception is similar to humans with colour blindness. They can tell the difference between blue and yellow, but see green and red as shades of grey.
2. You can tell when a dog has done something wrong from the guilty look on his face
Owners often mistakenly believe their dog knows they have done wrong, but what you’re actually seeing is ‘appeasement behaviour’. Dogs respond to an owner’s disappointment, upset or anger and it is their way of diffusing tension in response to feeling threatened. 3. When a dog eats grass it means she is sick
It’s much more likely to be because it tastes nice, particularly in the spring and summer months when it’s green and fresh. As long as the grass your pet is eating hasn’t been sprayed with harmful pesticides, and your dog is protected from lungworm, they should be fine.
4. Dogs age seven years for every human year Different breeds take different lengths of time to reach maturity, and lifespans vary based on size and genetics, too.
5. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
It takes a little longer, but you can certainly train an adult dog. The best way to go about it is to make training sessions fun, keep them positive and do them little and often – five to six times a day.
6. A female dog feels ‘empty’ if she doesn’t have a litter Dogs are unable to feel broody and allowing them to have one litter before getting them neutered has no proven health or behaviour benefit for them. Neutering your female dog before their first season greatly reduces the risk of them getting breast cancer.