There is a vast amount of information on the internet about dog training 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.
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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! There 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.
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