Popular wisdom use to hold that dogs were color blind. Now it is believed that their color spectrum probably only encompasses yellow, blue and gray and that they are able to distinguish differences within those colors. If you would like to experience what the world looks like to Fido,there is even an app for that! Dogster has a great post and photos so you can get a feel for what some toys look like to Fido.
Take Advantage Of These Differences
One of the students in my Tricks Class, Scooter, and his Mom, Jan, worked up a nice example of a dog’s ability to see these differences, as well as a great example of a fun working partnership. Whether or not Scooter actually sees “blue” as we do is unclear, but as this video shows, he can certainly pick out his colors by name! And consistently!
Scooter recently won Third Place in a contest PupLove had sponsored in part by Nature’s Logic Pet Food. The videos were judged by AJ of PupLove, Edie of Will My Dog Hate Me?, Shauna of Fido & Wino, Dr. V. of Pawcurious, and Neil of Life With Dogs.
His Very Sad to Very Happy Story
Scooter is a very special dog. He was fortunate to make the journey from a badly mauled 8 week old puppy to a much loved and pampered dog. Scooter was surrendered to a vet after his owners decided they would be unable to pay the large vet bill that would be necessary to patch the little thing up. It is hard to believe this was a part of his past, as he is a big, handsome, confident guy now. Scooter now enjoys all of his family’s activities, including swimming in his own specially designed, in-ground swimming pool.
Tricks Are For Fun!
Scooter’s Mom, Jan, has always been able to keep training interesting and fun for Scooter. But sometimes we become so focused on training that we lose sight of that fact that this is suppose to be FUN! If you need to lighten up, or your dog needs to, consider taking a Tricks class.