Veterinarians once believed that dogs could only see in black and white. However, this is now only a widespread myth! As science has evolved, vets in Chicago and around the world now agree that dogs have about 20% of the cone photoreceptor cells that humans have. This means that they can still see in color like we can, but what they see is not as bright.
2. Tug of War Can Cause Aggressive Behavior
Some owners don’t allow their dog to play tug-of-war because they believe it promotes aggressive or dominant behavior. They hear their dog growl or snarl and think the game simply reinforces those actions. However, it is only a healthy display of their physical and mental workout. Many dog trainers have noticed that the game may decrease aggressive behaviors in dogs because tug-of-war is an outlet for their aggression.
3. You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
You’ve likely heard this phrase coined about stubborn people. When people are older and set in their ways, it is hard to change their mind about new ideas. As you can see, the phrase originated when people noticed that older dogs have less interest in new activities and appeared harder to train. However, just because a dog is old that does not mean it can’t learn new tricks! Training an older dog takes more effort, but with enough rewards and treats, your older dog will be willing and able to absorb new behaviors and activities.
If you are looking for vets in Chicago, visit Village West Veterinary! We provide a wide variety of services for all our animals to keep them safe and healthy.
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.