Myth 4: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
Dogs, like humans, continue to learn throughout their lives. While they go through a big learning phase during puppyhood, learning doesn’t stop at a particular age. As long as you reward them with their favourite treat or toy when they do something you ask, they’ll continue to learn.
Myth 5: Playing tug-of-war increases aggression
Some puppies get so involved in a game of tug-a-war that they growl and nip, which can be mistaken as reinforcing aggressive behaviour. When played in a controlled environment where you set the rules, tug-a-war can be a valuable tool. It allows you to teach your pup basic commands like ‘drop’, builds your pup’s confidence, and encourages them to play with toys instead of nipping your hands. Tug-a-war can be a fun bonding experience while providing a healthy outlet for your puppy’s energy.
For more advice on puppy training, speak to your vet.