The 10 Biggest Dog Training Myths – Busted!

There is a vast amount of information on the internet about dog trainingThe 10 Biggest Dog Training Myths these days. As you browse the net you probably become confused with all the conflicting stuff. And most of it is absolutely nonsense.

In this article, I want to set the record straight and take a look at the most common training myths.

1. Dog training takes a lot of time

– This is simply not true. When you know what you are doing, dog training is actually very simple. If you spent hours at dog obedience classes walking around in circles in the rain and still struggling with your dog then there is something wrong with the basics.

Dogs are simple animals who only need at least an hour of exercise a day but for a great deal of time, a happy dog will sleep for long periods of the day.

What is the solution? Continue reading…

2. There can only be one pack leader in a home

– Dogs will see all humans in the home as the pack leaders if you train them that way. It is important that your dog learns to respect everyone in the home, this way they will listen to commands no matter who is home. The old saying that ‘a dog will only have one master’ is not true. Dogs will respect those who are calm and gentle and actually know what they are doing than those who do not.

3. Attending puppy school is really important

– Before you rush your new puppy to puppy school class, do your research, ask other dog owners who have been there how much they have learned to see if it is worth your investment. Sadly after 4 weeks, owners feel they actually learned nothing more than a ‘sit’ command and met a few other puppies. Unfortunately, the most important training is left out.

Getting the crucial knowledge is far more important than attending puppy school.

4. Quality dog training is expensive

– One of the best dog and puppy training packages available on the internet is set at a price that anyone can afford. Unfortunately, most people spend a fortune for poor advice simply because they do not know where to go to get quality training. They have spent thousands on pre-puppy school, puppy school, dog obedience classes, dog behaviorists and they still have nightmare issues with their dog.

5. You can train a dog using only Positive reinforcement

– Positive training is great, however, it is not a complete solution! ThereTrain A Dog Using Positive Reinforcement will be times you will need to step in and put a stop to the unwanted behavior. Another thing that is crucial in training your dog is to understand how to gain their respect in a loving and gentle way. This does not mean shouting or hurt your dog but you do need to do more than just reward their good behavior. Just like with a child, you praise the good but you also need to step in quickly to stop the bad behavior by using timeout or something that will make the child think twice before doing it again.

Positive reinforcement, such as treats, has a place in dog training but if it is not used correctly will create more problems than it solves.

6. Never use food treats

– Using food treats at the right time, in the right way and in the correct situation is a very powerful training tool. Doggy Dan demonstrates how he uses treats and how effective dog treats are in his dog training program. He also demonstrates how you can fade out using treats over time.

7. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

– A common old myth is ‘you can’t teach old dog new tricks.’ While it is best to train your dog at a young age to prevent unwanted behavior later, older dogs are waiting for you to reveal them a new way to act. It is never too late when you understand what is going on, know what they are looking for and how to communicate it to them.

8. Hard work and practice is all you need

– There is a right way and a wrong way. Doing things the wrong way will simply never work. Doing things the right way and your dog will be quick to respond. Dog training is not hard work, spending hours or weeks training your dog. Dogs are smart animals and they will listen to you if you are the pack leader and understand how to communicate with them. Work smart, not hard.

9. Little dogs are easier to train compared to big dogs

– Size has absolutely nothing to do with it. Regardless of the size of a dog you have a big dog that is calmer and easier, then there are some smaller dogs that are difficult. Just like humans, you can not assume a person’s behavior and personality based on their size!

10. Most dogs who cause trouble are stupid

– No, they are not! Very often dogs causing trouble are very intelligent and clever. It is the determined dog that refuses to give up that causes the most frustration. This is where we need to improve our game and educate ourselves and learn more about the behavior of these awesome creatures.

Do you feel like you are missing a piece of the puzzle? Is your dog not listening? Are you struggling against them all the time.

To discover the secrets on how to own an amazing dog check out our Doggy Dan’s The Online Dog Training video website HERE.

Thank you for reading this article and you are welcome to share tips that have helped you and post them below.



12 thoughts on “The 10 Biggest Dog Training Myths – Busted!”

  1. We only attended puppy school with one of our dogs growing up, and only because the humane society made it a condition of adoption. I can’t remember that we, or the dog, learned anything useful there. And as for expense, we found all the training resources we needed in books at the local library, so yes, training a dog can be quite cost effective.

    I had to giggle at myths 9 and 10. First, because we had huge dogs growing up, and no, they are not harder to train, but I can see where people might get that idea. You can’t just pick a big dog up when he’s doing something wrong, even as a puppy. They also just take up more space, and always seem to be under foot, and you can’t push them around if they don’t want to move. Then, about stupid dogs causing trouble, we had one really smart dog and one not so smart dog, and honestly, the smart one definitely got into more trouble. She’d invent trouble, while the not so smart dog was just big and cuddly and lovably dumb.

    1. Hi Shanna, 

      Sadly, many people spent a lot of money trying to find a dog trainer or program to help them with issues they are having with their dogs. You’re going to want a dog training program that will provide a long-term solution and not temporary fixes. So just be aware. 

      Thank you so much for your comment. 

  2. I love this guide. My mum actually looks after a lot of dogs herself, and I believe that a lot of owners need more information like this if they want their dogs to behave properly. It’s crazy how many poorly trained dogs I’ve come across so thanks for this article!

    1. Hi Beth, 

      I agree with you there, Beth. Dog owners are always looking to find what can help them with the issues they are having with their dog. Your mother must love dogs to look after several at a time in her home. I read a comment recently of someone running a Dog Home Boarding service using the techniques and methods from The Online Dog Training and has helped her tremendously. 

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  3. I have an aggressive pit bull. He is only aggressive to other dogs and cats he see in the streets. I have no idea why he would still be aggressive to cats as I have two of them also that he perfectly gets along with. It is getting to a point where he will be hard to train as he is already 3 years old. I noticed I have an easier time walking him than others, but that is only because I carry a plastic bottle that he is wary of when I squeeze and it makes a sound…Its my warning that he is going to get popped if he keep acting up

    1. Hi Max, 

      Sometimes if pit bulls have not been socialized to other dogs they will behave with aggression. Pit bulls and other breeds are naturally pack leaders. But pit bulls are also good and gentle animals. Dogs are smart animals. They can learn at any age, size, or shape. If you want your dog to listen to you and to have good behavior you have to become the pack leader. But first, you must understand your dog and know what’s going on in his mind. The Online Dog Trainer shows you videos with detail instructions from Doggy Dan himself to help you achieve this. His dog training methods and techniques are calm and gentle.  

      I hope this helps. There is so much information to help with your dog’s behavior in a positive way I would encourage you to click the link above and take a look.

      Thank you for your comment.

  4. First of all I am so glad I found your site! I have a Blue Heeler (cattle dog). Right now she is a little over a year old and has TONS of energy!! She listens pretty good but when new people come into the home she gets SO excited she tends to jump on them. I am curious if there’s anyway I can get her to realize she is doing this? I’ve tried yelling OWWWW!!! And then she realizes that it’s not okay and she needs to get down. Ive also tried telling her to go to her kennel once she starts jumping, and it seems to work, but nothing I’ve tried has stuck as a long term solution! Would this training be appropriate for someone like me? Do you have any tips or advice?

    1. Hi Brittany, 

      Absolutely! I noticed you place her in her kennel as a timeout method I assume. Doggy Dan uses this method as part of the training by putting them in timeout for a couple of minutes. Just like putting a child in a corner in timeout for misbehaving. And it will work only when your dog realizes that you are the pack leader. 

      When your dog becomes over excited you can try by calming them down. Do this without saying a word and then demonstrate a calm energy by using the calm freeze method. First, crouch down beside them. Take your dog by the collar, use your underhand grip under his chin with your palm facing up. Remain calm and breathe slowly. Keep hold for a few seconds until they are calm. Then release and stand up. This will help calm them down. Dogs respond to your energy and actions. The aim of this method is to calm your dog’s energy with your actions. I hope this helps.

      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  5. Thanks for the interesting and insightful read Rosa

    I have 3 really cute dogs, one is a Shih tzu, one is a golden retriever and the other is a Labrador

    I have only been able to train them to scratch at the door when they need to go outside, but I haven’t been able to train them beyond that

    I hope some of your articles will help me train my dogs

    Thanks again


    1. Hi Finn, 

      I’m happy you found this article with deep interest. I do have tips on other posts that you may find of interest by looking around the site. Or you may just want to take a look at this. 

      Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by.

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