There's an old adage that says, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks." In the literal sense, this adage is a myth! Older dogs can still learn new tricks with a little patience and the right rewards. Have an older dog at home and want to test the theory for yourself? Tractive.com has a list of 10 tips for teaching an old dog new tricks.
Below are five more dog-themed things to teach your kids this week.
1. A silly joke.
If you're having a ruff day, this doggone good joke is likely to get a round of a-paws.
What do you call a dog that can do magic tricks? A labracadabrador.
2. A new vocabulary word.
How well do you know your animal terms? See if you can match the ten "ine" terms with the correct animal:
Coyotes, jackals, and wolves are considered canines while lions, cougars, and leopards are examples of felines.
Did you enjoy matching the terms to the correct animal? For even more "ine" words, check out a longer list of animal terms that includes others like elk, fish, snails, and more!
3. A word puzzle.
To solve a rebus, consider not just the words, but the placement, size, color, and quantity of everything within the box (and sometimes just outside the box!) when trying to decipher the puzzle.
"Raining cats and dogs" is an expression used to describe a very heavy rainfall.
4. A fun fact.
Have you ever played fetch with a dog using a red or purple toy and noticed that they lost interest or struggled to complete the task? It may be because they see differently than we do.
The next time you're shopping for a dog toy, try a yellow or blue option. Your dog will certainly have an easier time finding it in a game of fetch.
Want to know what life looks like through your dog's eyes? Check out some photo examples from the American Kennel Club.
5. Teach a personal discovery.
When it comes to domestic animals, people have a tendency to claim themselves more as a "dog person" or a "cat person." Which are you?
I have met a lot more dog people than cat people in my life and science backs that up! A blog post on PsycologyToday.com states that according to an Associated Press-Petside poll, there are a lot more dog people out there, since 74 percent of their test sample like dogs a lot, and only 41 percent like cats a lot.
According to PetDoors.com, choosing a specific side can unveil some of your character traits. A cat person may be more independent while a dog person may enjoy companionship. Would you agree?
"Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong." – W.R. Purche
Did you learn something new? Now's the time to pass that knowledge on! Be sure to come back next week for another five FUN things to teach your kids.