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There are many myths about dogs, here we clarify four of the most common misconceptions about dogs.

A wagging tail means a happy dog
This is not necessarily correct. How quickly the tail is wagging, and how high the tail is kept will tell you more about your dog’s mental state than the actual tail wagging. Generally speaking, the faster a dogs tail is wagging and the higher it is kept, the more excited the dog is. It is important to try to read the entire body language of the dog in the context of its surroundings in order to gain insight into the dog’s mental state at the given moment. If your dog is wagging its tail rapidly, but is also loudly barking at the Golden Retriever on the opposite side of the street, it probably means that your dog is on alert as opposed to in a happy and welcoming mood.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
This is wrong and is in general a very bad advice. It is a lifelong activity to train your dog. The training process keeps your dog sharp, motivated and mentally stimulated. It is also one of the most satisfactory ways that you can spend quality time with your dog while reinforcing the bond between you.

An apartment is not a good place for large dogs to live as they need a big garden
Great Danes, Greyhounds and many other large breeds of dogs are excellent dogs to have in an apartment. Every dog needs daily exercise and fresh air, and it is up to you to make sure that your dog will get the exercise that your dog needs. Therefore, even large dogs can have a relaxed temperament and be happy and wellbehaved living in an apartment if the dog gets the exercise and stimulus needed. Under all circumstances a garden can’t act as a substitute for a long walk, sufficient exercise and stimulation. Many large dogs needs less exercise and have a lower energy level than many small and medium-sized dogs.

Sterilization or neutering makes a dog fat and lazy
Lack of exercise and too much food makes a dog fat and lazy. Castration or sterilization makes a dog less aggressive and more inclined to get along with other dogs, happier at home and less likely to get certain types of cancer.

Dogs can’t stand cats
Although it can hardly be recommended to introduce a breed of dog with an intense hunting instinct into a home with a timid and insecure cat, many cats and dogs that have grown up together easily become friends for life. The key is early socialization between the dog and the cat preferably before the puppy is 12 weeks old. But even an older dog can learn to coexist with a cat. My Cairn terrier is a breed of dog with a highly active hunting instinct but it is cooexisting with an adult cat without problems even though it fist met the cat when the dog was 1 year old.

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