Don’t Be Fooled by These 12 Common Pet Myths

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Don’t Be Fooled by These 12 Common Pet Myths

by Amy D. Shojai (Subscribe to Amy D. Shojai’s posts)
Jan 21st 2011 @ 11:00AM Filed Under: Cats, Pet Health


Amy D. Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and the award-winning author of 23 pet care books, including “Complete Care for Your Aging Cat” and “Complete Care for Your Aging Dog.”

For centuries, people created fanciful stories to explain puzzling animal antics. Many of these myth-understandings about cat and dog behaviors linger on, even though modern veterinary and behavior experts have uncovered scientific explanations for these issues. Here we lay 12 common myths to rest.

Myth 1: Dogs and cats enjoy being hugged. People are by nature touchy-feely creatures. Dogs and cats on the other hand, grab and hold prey, and “hug” during mating or fighting. Pets may enjoy nuzzling and getting affection akin to hugging, or there may be a reason why they should be sensitized to being hugged, but it is good to remember that your pet may also confuse a hug with aggression.

Myth 2: Cats seek out people who hate cats. It can seem that way. A cat lover’s admiring stares and “kitty, kitty, kitty” calls can be off-putting. So in a crowded room, a cat often seeks the only person ignoring her. Besides, cat lovers may already smell like strange cats, so she’ll be more attracted to the cat-free-zone human.

Myth 3: Dogs that are aggressive are showing dominance. Actually, it is fearful dogs that most often aggress to make a scary situation go away. A top dog rarely aggresses because other dogs accept he’s the boss. You do however see pushy dogs learn to use snarls to get their way, or clueless adolescent dogs act up because they’ve gotten too big for their furry britches and want to challenge the real boss.

Myth 4: Dogs and cats are jealous of the phone. The phone rings and suddenly your pet demands attention. This can certainly be annoying but their behavior is logical when you realize why they’re doing it. From you pet’s perspective, you’re talking and there’s nobody else around — so you must be talking to your pet!

Myth 5: Dogs wag their tails when they are happy. Not always. Dogs wag when excited, when fearful, when happy or even to signal imminent attack. The position of the tail, and frequency of wags, is a better indicator of happiness. Low-held tails with slow, loose wags usually signal, “Come closer; I want to be friends.”

Myth 6: Dogs and cats learn only if you punish them.
No. Punishment actually can interfere with pets’ ability to learn. Punishment can make behaviors worse and can cause fear aggression. Instead, you need to teach an alternative to bad behavior.

Myth 7: Dogs catch on to house training more quickly when you rub their noses in their accidents. Absolutely not. But this does teach the dog that humans sometimes go nuts and seemingly want them to eat their poop! Talk about confusing. Punishing for a normal behavior like going to the bathroom encourages dogs to hide it better the next time. Instead, catch your dog in the act of targeting the right spot and reward with praise or treats for the most effective lesson.

Myth 8: Cats always land on their feet. It is true that cats have balance organs in the inner ear that allow a cat to contract and flex the spine, shoulders and flanks to land on her feet in amazing ways. But there are many factors involved. Falls from too short a distance — being dropped by a child, for example — won’t allow enough time for a paw landing. Conversely, landing feet first from a fall from a great height can break bones and seriously injure the cat.

Myth 9: Cats purr when they are happy. Often they do. But think of the cat’s purr as a feline smile — do you smile only when happy? Purring soothes kitty emotions (and humans as well), and the vibration relieves pain and speeds healing, so purring can happen when a cat is happy, injured or just needs to comfort himself.

Myth 10: Cats wet the bed and dogs destroy furniture and other items in the house because they are angry. There are many possible physical, emotional and/or instinctual reasons for these normal behaviors — none having to do with anger or vengefulness. Items that smell like you (bed, shoes, purse) are targeted because your scent comforts the pet. Consider that a back-handed compliment, not spite.

Myth 11: Cats suck the breath from babies. Yes, this old wives tale is still around. Curious cats may check out milky-smelling infant breath or be attracted to a warm crib. They are not trying to harm the baby, but pets should always be supervised around infants.

Myth 12: Dogs alpha roll each other. A study of captive wolves (later debunked) gave rise to this theory. Dogs roll onto their backs to expose their tummies to other animals — or people — and signal deference and nonthreat. Dogs willingly show their tummies to people or other dogs they want to placate or acquiesce. But even alpha dogs show their tummies to invite puppies and subordinate dogs to play. Dogs do not force other dogs onto their backs to prove leadership. Alpha rolling your dog may confuse or frighten him and some dogs even fight back. Don’t risk it!


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Holmes County Ohio Exposed

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Holmes County Ohio Exposed

Puppy Mill Country

The purpose for this site is to heighten public awareness of the activities in Holmes County Ohio pertaining to the mis-treatment of dogs and companion animals and their sale thru “Dog Auctions”.

Claims have been made by the puppy mill profliferators that the puppy business is a 9 Million Dollar per year industry for Holmes County but yet when you look at the County statistics this isn’t reflected in published reports.  Why?  Not only are these “Millers” mis-treating their animals; they are making a reported 9 Million Dollars per year at the dogs expense.

It’s a booming business in Holmes County, Ohio and it’s PUPPY MILL COUNTRY

Holmes Co. Info

“In Holmes County alone this industry brings in over 9 million dollars a year, not to mention the surrounding counties and the rest of the state” – Ervin L. Raber President, Ohio Professional Dog Breeders Assocation

Holmes County Fact Sheet Read “Employment and Wages by Sector” Page 5

Who also supports this Industry? The County Commissioners

Joe Miller, Chairman

Ray Feikert, Vice-Chairman

David Hall, Holmes County Commissioner

Read their open-letter dated 10/9/2007

Latest Inspection Report

Read the latest inspection report on Ervin Raber

Show Me The Money!

Business of selling and/or breeding domestic dogs in the state of Ohio:

The Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) section 5701.03(A) defines “personal property” to include “every tangible thing that is the subject of ownership, wether animate or inanimate, including a business fixture, and that does not constitute real property***”.
R.C. section 5739.01(YY) defines “tangible personal property” for purposes of the Ohio sales tax, as, “personal property that can be seen, weighed, measured, felt, or touch, or that is otherwise perceptible to the senses.”  Under these definitions, dogs are tangible personal property in Ohio.

R.C. section 5739.01(B)(1) indicates that sales tax is to be applied to “All transactions by which title or possession, or both, of tangible personal property, is or is to be transferred, or a license to use or consume tangible personal property is or is to be granted.”  Sales of dogs are therefore; subject to Ohio sales tax unless the purchaser has some claim of exemption.

As a vendor of tangible personal property, you are required to register as a vendor, collect the proper amount of sales tax, maintain complete records of all transactions and timely file and pay tax returns.

Kennel Stats

2007 Kennel Stats

Holmes County has 485 licensed kennels.

9,192 dogs are living in these kennels.

2008 Kennel Stats

Kennels increased to 537 with a total of 9,809 dogs

Click-Here for a listing

2009 Kennel Stats

Kennels decreased to 412 with a total of 8,737 dogs

There are now 1,072 fewer dogs and 125 fewer kennels.

148 Kennels did not purchase their 2009 license.  49 new Kennels owners purchased 2009 licenses.

2010 Kennel Stats

410 Kennels with a total of 11,033 dogs

In 6 years, one female dog and her offspring can be the source of 67,000 puppies.

Do you want to sound off about the puppy mills in Holmes County?  Here are the contacts:

Holmes County Dog Warden:
PH: (330) 674-6301    Fax: (330) 674-0566
Mailing Address: 2 Court Street, Suite 10; Millersburg, Ohio 44654
Physical Address: 5387 County Road 349; Millersburg, Ohio 44654

The Holmes County Commissioners

2 Court Street, Suite 14  • Millersburg, Ohio 44654 • (330) 674-0286 • Fax: (330) 674-0566• e-mail: hcc@valkyrie.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Advocates of Holmes County Exposed

PO 218154

Columbus, Ohio 43221

Interesting Info

Definition of “Kennel Owner”

According to the Ohio Revised Code, section 955.02, a kennel owner is a “person, partnership, firm, company, or corporation professionally engaged in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or for sale.” When a person breeds dogs avowedly as a hobby, “but permits sales to become such a factor that he advertises for sale” the breeding activity and dogs, that person “is professionally engaged in the business of dog breeding” and should be registered as a kennel.

The term “kennel” means any pack or collection of dogs, over the age of three months, kept together for the purposes of hunting or for sale. Ohio Revised Code 955.04

McKenzie’s Law

Constituents to Hughes: Drop S.B. 95 and Support McKenzie’s Law

Ohio State Senator Jim Hughes is a primary sponsor of S.B. 95 commonly known as the puppy mill bill.  A similiar bill failed to pass during the last session.  This version has been pending all year and appears no closer to passing.

Constituents of Senator Hughes met with him, or rather, his aide, last week to try and convince him to reject the unpopular S.B. 95 and substitute instead McKenzie’s Law, a copy of which is available for download.

Download the Endorsement Form attached below, fill it out and send it in!

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What You Can Do!

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Find your legislator here and write or call, send them a copy of McKenzie’s Law and urge them to support McKenzie’s Law as a substitute for S.B. 95

More Information can be found here

Auctions Exposed

Regulating Breeders

U. S  Department of Agriculture regulating “commercial dog breeders” under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)
are inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Care program.

Those facilities that breed and sell their animals to pet stores, brokers, or research facilities are covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and are inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Care program.  Because the focus of the AWA is on commercial dog breeders and wholesale dealers, the law specifically exempts most retail pet stores from Federal regulation.  This includes facilities that sell dogs directly to the public.

USDA inspects all regulated (licensed) dog breed facilities.    Breeders and dealers must employ either a full-time veterinarian or arrange for a veterinarian to visit their business regularly.  An outside veterinarian employed by the facility must establish a written program of veterinary care and submit it to APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) for review.

In order to engage in regulated activities, the animal breeder or dealer must first apply for an AWA license from APHIS.

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Shih-Tzu dating

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While this may seem like a strange or silly concept, I have a male Shih Tzu named Hobo, who loves the weekly dates he gets to experience with his “girlfriend” Betsy, also a Shih Tzu. Hobo is generally not extremely friendly towards other dogs with exception of his girlfriend.  He always seems terrified that the human attention may go towards the other dog instead of him. He reacts by trying to chase the other dog away, regardless of how big the other may be.

They are nearly dead ringers for each other, in size and markings.  You would almost swear they came from the same litter of pups.  They are both nearly all white, except for a little apricot color on their bum. They were born only a couple months apart, from separate parents of course.  Together they make an adorable pair.

Occasionally, they will have sleep overs at each other’s house.  Their sleepovers are supervised, to prevent any “hanky panky” from occurring.  Generally, they behave themselves, but Hobo seems to be somewhat of a bad influence on her.  Normally, Betsy is a very quiet dog, while Hobo has more than his fair share to say.  Since Betsy has been dating Hobo she has started to become more vocal, to her owners dismay.

There have been some instances where Hobo has been allowed to go on week long vacations with Betsy.  The company seems to quiet Betsy down for the long car ride, in addition to keeping her company for her week away from home. Despite the fun that Hobo has with Betsy on his dates and on occasional vacations he does seem to still enjoy the sweet comforts of his own home.  While he tolerates having to share the attention with Betsy for short periods of time, we are still doubtful he would be interested in sharing the attention on a full time basis.

If you have a dog that you think could use the companionship of another dog then doggy dating just might be the answer.  While you may feel silly bringing up the idea to someone else your dog may just well benefit from the interaction.  If you are single and spending time at the dog park it may just be the excuse you need to get to know another single that frequents the park as well.  It may seem underhanded to use your dog to get yourself a date, but I assure you that your dog won’t mind in the least.

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