Many dog owners mistakes are detailed, which have a direct effect on the character of their dogs:

They frequently lack an understanding of the dog’s fundamental character.

They will not read about dogs but will form opinions based on tiny blog content, brief videos, and inaccurate information gathered elsewhere. They are often “kennel-blind.”

They frequently derive their primary enjoyment from watching their dogs eat.

They have no concept of dog or human psychology; they are incapable of training their own children, let alone their dogs.

They are frequently inconsiderate toward their neighbours.

They become experts after several years of ownership of a single dog or breed.

They possess one dog and use it to judge the entire breed.

They have an inordinate lack of interest in field trials and behaviour lessons.

They do not devote enough time to the canine activity to become experts.

They purchase puppies with no regard for how they will look or behave as adults.

They fancy to hear only positive things said about their breed and are all too willing to crucify anyone who speak the truth about the breed they admire.

Propinquity frequently blinds them.

To begin, there is appalling public ignorance on the fundamental nature of dogs.

This is evidenced by the treatment they receive, which is incredibly similar to the treatment granted to humans, as if dogs possessed all of the characteristics of our own species. Both species eat, reproduce, sleep, hear, feel, see, balance, taste, and smell.

Such characteristics are assumed. However, how many dog owners are aware of the degree to which these senses or requirements differ? These are critical.

Have you ever considered what it might be like to have the ability to smell doors as deeply as a dog can? Certain breeds of dogs are capable of detecting odours that are so faint that no human creation can match them in this skill.

Consider a trail that has been traversed by a hundred people wearing leather shoes. Three days later, a Bloodhound tracks down one of the hundred in this labyrinth of tracks!

Wouldn’t it be nice if you possessed that ability? Perhaps problematic in some circumstances, but this talent enables a dog to decode odours.

Feed him prepared dog food and he will smell each ingredient; you and I, on the other hand, will smell simply the aroma of the mixture.

I recently participated in a study that sought to establish which natural or synthetic substances may be added to dog diets to increase the dogs’ appetites. Fifty substances were evaluated.

My team and I stuffed our faces into boxes containing the foods to determine if we could detect any aromas.

We couldn’t differentiate one dish from another in most cases, but several were absolutely rejected by the dogs due to their awful aromas. And bear in mind that every substance tested seemed to be one of which dogs should enjoy.

How are they able to achieve this? Within the dog’s nose, there is so much tissue suited for scent trapping that if laid out in a single sheet, it would cover an area the size of half his body’s skin.

And what about our sickly olfactory “tissue”? The overall area of our nose on either side would be little larger than our thumbnails! Our levels of relative olfactory sensitivity are literally worlds apart.

How about the ability to hear? Hearing ability is demonstrated through the ability to identify vibrations that we hear as sounds.

Today, there is a craze for instruments that can capture and playback high- and low-frequency sounds.

They are referred to as high-fidelity. The standard phonograph plays records at a frequency of between 100 and 8,000 hertz. The “hi-fi” reproduces frequencies ranging from 40 to 20,000 hertz.

We believe ourselves to be rather adept at hearing such a vast variety of noises, don’t we? Our maximum is approximately 30,000. However, what about the dogs?

According to certain Russian psychologists, they have found the potential of a few dogs to hear 175,000. Psychologists in the United States record approximately 75,000 to 80,000 vibrations.

Yes, a dog’s hearing is far superior to ours, to the point that we should blush with embarrassment!

We are astounded that our dog distinguishes our automobile from the rest in the neighbourhood. Why would we want to? More than likely, our car has a distinctive squeak or scream that is noticeable to our dog but not to us.

In other words, there is probably less distinction. Perhaps our perceptions of taste and touch are superior to those of dogs.

Without a doubt, we are significantly more susceptible to cold! Yet who would believe that after seeing dogs dressed in sweaters on a stroll?

I’ve seen our short-haired dogs, who are housed in runs with attached hutches, sleep out in the snow on numerous occasions when the temperature was well below zero.

They rise, stretch, and appear to be entirely at ease in the morning.

How many people are aware of a dog’s ability to survive without food? We discussed the dog’s evolution from the wolf.

He retains the ability to consume massive amounts of food, curl up and sleep, and then consume again, accumulating reserves in his body for the weeks he may be unable to make another kill.

Dogs, too, can fast or go hungry for extended periods of time. The obese dog has been stockpiling food for a rainy day.

The fatal error that owners of overweight dogs make is to never allow it to rain. A large dog can readily survive for three months without food, whereas a lean dog can survive for much shorter time.

However, how frequently do dog owners state, “I tried that meal and he refused to eat it.” They never leave him hungry for more than a week at a time until he eats it. Why? Because they are oblivious to the dog’s character.

Isn’t the issue that propinquity has transformed the dog into something that nature never intended? Naturally, this fictitious persona exists just in the owner’s head.

Unfortunately, isn’t it true that for far too many dog owners, the only true pleasure is watching their dogs eat? As a result, their dogs are overweight, their lives are substantially reduced, and their owners gain less joy from them than those who understand how to properly feed and utilize dogs.

There are enormous disparities in innate aptitudes, just as there are in untrained behavior. Give a dog more food than he requires and he will bury it.

We don’t know if he buries it to keep it safe from other dogs or to allow it to ripen, but we do know that he will dig it out when hungry and consume such awful ripe meat that his breath becomes so strong that he is unfit to be a friend.

In this manner, he is distinct from the rest of us. Perhaps if he could think, he would question why some of us enjoy specific types of “two-handed cheese” that he abhors!

Ignorance is demonstrated by the incorrect claims made by so many people about dogs, statements to which they would never sign their names if they were well-informed.

They misinform the public because they have never owned dogs and hence lack a basis for comparison. Individuals who purchase these dogs become disillusioned and even dog haters as a result of their words.

Who could blame them? I could provide dozens of examples from my experience. My elderly neighbour was convinced that a Weimaraner was the gentlest of dogs. The male puppy she purchased grew to be quite huge and strong.

She was no more capable of handling this large skin brimming with dynamite than I was of handling an untrained elephant. She was hospitalized after being knocked down by the dog.

Another mistake that is harmful to dogs may appear to be dishonesty to some, but it is not kennel blindness.

This is a term frequently used by dog owners, and it is a good one. When a guy sees his dogs daily, reads the breed standard, and has no other dogs to compare them to, he quickly creates the notion that his dogs are the most perfect dogs imaginable.

Naturally, when a kennel-blind person is denied a “look in” at a show, he or she is enraged.

This is one of the ways in which breeds suffer. When purchasing a puppy or dog, consider kennel-blindness if the individual speaking to you about the breed makes claims that contradict what you hear the standard to be.

Another fantastic example of the public’s lack of knowledge about dogs is the proliferation of so-called “Tracking Trials” and the competitors who participate in them.

Because only a small percentage of the enormous number of purebred hounds capable of excelling at this activity are registered with the AKC, the Tracking Trials have limited meaning. The primary competitors are dogs that lack innate aptitudes for trailing.

The trails are short and so fresh that they may be followed by even small dogs.

If a hunter who owns any type of hound discovers it retreating, he nearly always kills it. Despite this, the public is instructed to educate dogs to reverse course.

A trailing hound must follow his quarry’s path. And here’s another secret for the judges evaluating a competitor’s performance on such a trail.

Instead of staying close to the trail, a truly adept Bloodhound may be twenty or thirty feet downwind of it, and therefore would be disqualified in these “Tracking Trials.”

I’ve owned dogs that could run a twelve-hour-old trail with their heads held high because they were that good, but a judge would disqualify them in a Tracking Trial.

Why would anyone bother attempting to squeeze square pegs into round holes? If we are going to trail, let us employ trailing breeds.

If sheep herding is the job, why utilize Great Danes, Retrievers, or Bulldogs when we have actual shepherd dogs who have been bred for thousands of years for that purpose?

Using breeds that one finds at the AKC Tracking Trials makes as much sense as taking a Pomeranian to a professional dog fight or a Basset to a Greyhound race.

One cannot underline enough that there are dogs bred specifically for this purpose, and only individuals who are unfamiliar with dogs will ask them to accomplish the impossible.

Individuals unfamiliar with the breed’s characteristics are frequently duped by the breed’s moniker. The Dyrehund, an admirable breed, is an example of this.

The name translates as “animal dog” in English. In Norway, it is used to hunt elk by attaching it to a leash and walking downwind from a location where a herd of elk may be present.

When the dog detects the scent of the elk, he begins to pull in that direction. This is a skill that every dog may be taught.

A Chihuahua kept in one’s pocket may be educated in this manner if it could withstand the Norwegian cold, which it, like many breeds, cannot, and hence a heavily coated dog is utilized. In Norwegian, German, and other Germanic languages, the term hund refers to a dog, whereas dyre refers to our deer.

Another example is the German Shepherd. The breed is not a natural shepherd at all; Von Stephanitz, the breed’s primary inventor, did not intend it to be one.

These dogs, along with Boxers and Airedales, are the first dogs that dog wardens check when reports of sheep slaughter are made. How come the breed is so popular? This question will be addressed in the future.

After all, Mongrels are dogs as well, and they have a place. The issue with them is that there are just too many that are unsuitable for specific tasks.

However, Mongrels are one of the few dog dogs who have not been severely pampered.

Naturally, they outnumber any single breed. I am opposed to them despite the fact that I have probably purposefully generated more mongrels than anyone else.

I did it to conduct research on heredity. The best coon dog I’ve ever encountered was a Mongrel. They have a place on occasion and can be quite satisfying at times.

Nobody knows how many thousands of puppies have been given falsified papers, but the amount is substantial.

When purchasing a puppy or dog, ensure that the Utter to which it belongs is registered. If it is, you will be provided with a certificate for your puppy, which you will need to complete and mail to the registry association.

If the breeder has not yet registered the litter, ensure that the litter is eligible before purchasing a purebred dog.

Even today, the AKC permits registration of a litter with a single mother and two father dogs. Imagine!

A poorly trained dog in the hands of an irresponsible individual might incite an entire neighbourhood’s hatred of dogs in general.

A barking dog whose continual yapping awakens neighbours, irritates their nerves, and causes them to cuss is a nuisance, but I believe what they dislike most is the owner’s lack of consideration for his neighbours, who permits the nuisance to continue.

Another group of people who cause dogs more harm than required are those who self-identify as “experts” after raising litters of pups under the supervision of veterinarians.

Soon, they will no longer require the veterinarian’s assistance and will teach others how to do it using their small bank of expertise.

While some of this advice is sound, others are so ridiculous and expensive that one who appreciates how little the “expert” knows about dogs cannot decide whether to laugh or cry upon hearing it or reading the “expert’s” recommendations.

I’ve compiled a menu collection for recently weaned puppies. When I read them, I had mental images of the miserable owners who slaved to prepare these extravagant puppy meals.

I’m sure some would require an hour or more each day fussing over puppy diet preparation when all that is required is to pour some well-prepared food from a box into the water, mix it, and feed the pup twice or three times per day.

The puppy is purchased to be enjoyed, not to become a source of contention or a project. Whatever complicates dog ownership takes away from the enjoyment. Why are self-appointed experts unable to comprehend this fact in this age of comfortable living?

Then there’s the individual who believes that all dogs are identical to his dog. If he is a holy horror, all dogs are; if he is a canine saint, he cannot see that other dogs, particularly those in the wrong hands, might be serious difficulties.

Of course, there are those blinded by propinquity who own awful specimens but are unaware of their flaws.

Fortunately, the following point pertains mostly to pet dog owners, not to kennel owners: Too many people purchase puppies solely on the basis of their puppy’s appearance, with little regard for how the puppy will mature.

Every breed has room for improvement. As a man matures, he should welcome criticism and work to overcome his shortcomings; as a breed evolves, breeders should promote criticism and use it to breed better dogs.

I wish a greater number of dog owners competed in field events. This is the right method for determining a dog’s worth and determining how well one’s dog performs in its intended jobs. While dog shows are enjoyable, they should always be preceded by a field trial competition.

Many people would rather have a small toy dog than a larger dog of the same breed. If the dealer is dishonest, he may misrepresent a larger puppy as being older than it is.

I’ve seen numerous”papers” claiming that a dog was five months old while its teeth indicated that it was not even three and a half.

It’s odd how few people understand what a dog’s “papers” actually mean. It is similar to the term shots when applied to injections for various medical purposes. Both terms, papers and shots, should be avoided at all costs, as I will attempt to demonstrate.

Papers can be: 

  • Registration applications

A registration application is a blank form provided by a kennel club that must be correctly completed by the breeder and sent to the kennel club along with remittance.

  • Registration certificates

A registration certificate attests to the dog’s registration. There is a space for you to sign it, and if the person from whom you purchased the dog has signed the transfer, you can send it along with your reimbursement to the kennel club to have the ownership transferred to you on their records.

  • Pedigrees

A pedigree is a form that is filled out with the dog’s ancestors’ names. Generally, champions are denoted by the prefix Ch. before their names. It might be a bench champion, meaning he earned his title in the show ring (not on a bench), or it could be an afield-trial champion, in which case his prefix would be Fd. Ch.

  • Dog licenses

A dog license is a document that certifies that the dog’s license cost was paid in his town or city. Many people have purchased a dog with papers only to discover that all he possessed was a dog license.

When a breeder or dealer informs you that a puppy has had vaccines, he is not informing you of anything significant unless he is precise about the type of shots. (The term is as illogical as the term bug, which many people who should know better use to refer to a bacterium ).

When purchasing a puppy and the vendor states that he has received a shot or vaccinations, make sure to enquire as to which shots. Moreover, when? Then you can inform your veterinarian, who will advise you on the best approach.

Consider the terminology used to describe positively dysgenic characteristics in order to soften them. Numerous breeds of unattractive dogs are “fear-biters.”

They are referred to as “one-man dogs.” “Piddling dogs only ‘widdle.'” Dogs with unruly, woolly mats of hair have “beautiful coats,” but only when clipped into shape by a canine barber.

There are several breeds of guard and attack dogs whose new owners frequently exclaim, “How amazing he is with children; they can do anything with him.”

Additional rationalization! If you hear someone say that, file him away as someone who knows very little about dogs.

Indeed, this assertion is true for nearly all of the larger breeds. You may have noticed that when children are bitten, it is more frequently by little breeds.

A child is enormous to a Dachshund. The child is little in the eyes of a German Shepherd. While a small child can readily injure small dogs, he is incapable of injuring a huge one.

Even aggressive dogs are generally tolerant to children and will even play with them.

Certain breeds of dogs are fine and trustworthy up to the age of two years or more, as fury does not develop until this age.

Consider how infrequently you hear of a male Doberman or German Shepherd becoming unattractive prior to its third year.

This is unfortunate, as these dogs have frequently been regarded as gentle. The Germans are now striving to fix this significant breed flaw.

Numerous elderly dogs who have not developed a sour disposition are being brought. Finally, the Germans are “smartening up” with regards to this breed.

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