Words of Woofdom: Canine Behavior-Myth or Fact?
Test your knowledge of canine behavior
A wagging tail means the dog is friendly. Myth
People often assume that a dog with a wagging tail is a friendly dog, but this is not always true. Dogs wag their tails for numerous reasons, including when they are feeling aggressive. Sometimes a dog who is not wagging his tail is friendly. To understand a canine, you must look at their whole body and the context of the behavior.
I should give a treat to my dog every time I ask him to sit even though we have been practicing the behavior for 6 months. Myth
When you are teaching a dog a new behavior, it is useful to reinforce it every time with praise, pets and or treats. Once he knows the new behavior, changing the reinforcement schedule to intermittent (meaning that he gets a treat some of the time but not every time) is optimal. When someone gambles do they hit a jackpot every time? It is actually better to keep them guessing! Will I get a jackpot this time or not????
It is fine to let my canine companion sleep on my bed. Fact
It is up to you and your lifestyle as to if you want your canine to sleep on your bed or not. Having your canine sleep on your bed with you will neither help nor harm your training.
The best way to approach a strange dog is to put your hand out and walk toward the dog so he can smell you. Myth
People often assume that all dogs want to be petted. Many dogs do but some do not. It is best to let the dog approach you if he wants your attention. Let him do so in his own time, if at all. Also, avert your gaze and do not put your hand out. It is best to keep your hands at your sides.