5 Myths About Dog Behavior That Often Lead to Tragedy

Written by: Phil Monahan
Knowing how to approach a dog is an important skill.
photo via dogster.com

Melissa Berryman—a dog behaviorist and author of People Training for Good Dogs: What Breeders Don’t Tell You and Trainers Don’t Teach—has an interesting article on dogster.com about common misconceptions that can lead to dog bites, which she claims are “preventable when people understand what our behavior means to dogs.”

According to Berryman, even good dog owners make bad mistakes, and often it’s the dog who pays. So she teaches classes on safety and liability protection for dog owners and tries to educate others about the right way to behave around dogs.

Among the myths she identifies are

  • When greeting a new dog, extend your hand for it to sniff 
  • Breed dictates temperament 
  • When a dog charges, there is nothing you can do

Click here for the full story, and then let us know what you think. Is she right about all five? Are there more that you can think of?

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