Things you might not know about dogs

Six com­mon myths about your friend

EADT Suffolk - - A PETS LIFE / PROMOTIONAL FEATURE -

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.

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