Understanding a dog's behavior is one of the keys to having a happy relationship with your canine. Here are five myths about dogs, taken from k9web.com, that often cause problems between canines and their owners:
* Rover would rather be outside all day than cooped up inside. Not true. Dogs are pack-oriented animals, which means they would rather be inside with you. When you aren't home, they prefer to be in the "den" where your presence is most detectable. This is true for country as well as city dogs.
* When dogs are mad at people, they do all kinds of spiteful things. Most of the behaviors we don't like - chewing, barking, digging - are things dogs do out of boredom or frustration while we're gone. They aren't doing them to "get back at" their owners for being gone.
* Ah, but my dog always looks guilty after he's done something like this! He's reacting to your body language and emotions. When you get mad, he'll try to placate you by crouching, rolling over on his back, or avoiding eye contact. He isn't acting guilty, he's just trying to make you happy.