Common Canine Misconceptions

How well do you know your best friend? If he is a dog, chances are, not as well as you might think.

Despite the fact that dogs have been a part of our lives for centuries, it's truly amazing how little we know about man's best friend. Here are some of the most widely held misconceptions about our canine companions:

Misconception:....Neutering your dog will negatively affect his personality.
Reality:....If your dog has always been an outgoing, fun-loving, playful pooch, neutering won't change that.

Misconception:....Dogs need variety in the foods they eat.
Reality:....Changing food may do more harm than good. Rapid changes may cause upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhoea. frequent changes can teach a dog to be a finicky eater.

Misconception:....It is natural for dogs to have bad breath.
Reality:....A healthhy dog should nt have bad breath. If your dog has bad breath, check with your veterinarian.

Misconception:....Dogs need vitamin supplements for complete nutrition.
Reality:....A healthy dog needs a 100% nutritionally complete and balanced food.

Misconception:....Dogs do destructive things because they want to get even with you.
Reality:....Dogs do not understand negative emotions such as spite. When they do something destructive, they are                  usually resonding to a particular situation or instinct.

Misconception:....Dogs that spend all day in a yard get all the exercise they need.
Reality:....As social animals, dogs are not very good at running, playing and exercising when they are alone.
                 Dogs need regular exercise in the form of walking, running, or playining, to stay fit and healthy.

Misconception:....You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Reality:....Dogs are capable of learning tricks - or anything for that matter - at any age.

Misconception:....Obedience training is only for 'problem dogs'.
Reality:....Obedience training is for every dog - either to correct unacceptable behaviour or to teach and reinforce good behaviour before bad habits develop. A well behaved dog is a safe and happy dog.One that stands the most chance of being loved and cared for by its owner.

Misconception:....When your dog looks grown up, he is.
Reality:....No matter what a dog looks like on the outside, he is still a puppy for the first year of his life.

Misconception:....It is Ok for a dog to be a little plump.
Reality:....Even a little extra weight may affect a dogs health. For example, an extra 5lbs on a dog that should weigh 17lbs, is similar to an extra 50lbs on a man who should weigh 170lbs. Both are nearly 30% above their ideal weight. Excess weight in dogs can be associated with certain health problems such as heart, respiratory and blood sugar problems, sketal stress and gastrointestinal disorders. As many as 60% of all adult dogs are overweight or likely to getb that way due to either age or activity level. Obesity is the #1 nutrition related condition among dogs.