There are many dog training methods out there and alongside them are the dog training myths that just aren’t true or simply misunderstood.
So, I compiled a list of the most common myths, then picked out the ten biggest dog training myths and busted them! Let’s take a look. I’ll start with the number one biggest myth I found, and the rest will be in no particular order.
Myths About Dog Training
- Training a dog takes a long time. Busted! You shouldn’t have to be spending a significant amount of time or money on training a dog. Living together is training in and of itself, and soon your dog learns what he’s allowed and not allowed to do. Dogs do love a good walk and some play time every day, but a happy dog will also sleep a lot.
- Puppy school is the best training. Busted! Ask the people who have sent their dogs to puppy school what they think, and you’ll probably be told it was a waste of time and money. Most of the times when your puppy graduates after four weeks of training, he’ll only know a few basic commands. You won’t be any better equipped for a new puppy than you were before going to the class I’m afraid.
- To quality dog training costs a fortune. Busted! People spend thousands attending and sending their fur babies to pre-puppy school, puppy school, dog obedience school, agility classes, and dog behaviorists, only to come out of it all with the same problems. Or worse yet, the issues have gotten worse or they even develop other behavior problems. We already know where to get excellent dog training at affordable prices, right? Remember Doggy Dan?
- Training a dog takes hard work and lots of practice. Busted! There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. Usually, the wrong way is never going to get you the results you want nor expect. But, when you do it the right direction, your dog responds almost instantaneously. It shouldn’t take hard work and lots of practice.
- A dog can have only one master. Busted! Simply not true! Of course, a dog will respond better to the person they consider to be the pack leader. The person who feeds, bathes and cares for the dog will have the closest bond, but you should train your dog to obey and respect every member of the family.
- Only use positive reinforcement when training a dog. Busted! Only using positive reinforcement dog training sounds good on paper but there is no way you can teach a dog without some correction or redirection of attention. It doesn’t mean you have to hurt your dog. Simply redirecting their attention by touching, making a sound, or giving them something else to do works best.
- Food treats are no good to train a dog. Busted! Using food treats is one of the best ways to train your dog if they are used correctly! Doggy Dan shows how and when to use food treats throughout his course, and he also shows you how to fade them out over time.
- You can’t teach an old dog a new trick. Busted! Nipping bad behavior in the bud is always best, but it’s not always possible. Dogs want to please us by nature and are actually looking for a better way to behave. They adapt and change quickly to anything that is easier and feels right to them. Some older dogs even learn quicker than puppies. So don’t be afraid of fostering or adopting older dogs and remember you always have Doggy Dan if you do.
- Untrainable dogs are stupid. Busted! All dogs are trainable! Most times dogs unwilling to be trained or give up a bad behavior are very smart, even by a dogs standard. For us to train or change the behavior of this type of dog, we have to find out what’s going on inside his head and improve our own game. They are wonderfully simplistic animals and once you understand how they think trianing will be a cinch.
- Smaller dogs and puppies are easier to train than larger dogs. Busted! A dog is a dog, size has nothing to do with their personality or how easily trained they are. Although, puppies are easier to train, no matter the size or breed because their minds are easily teachable and it’s easier to stop bad behavior before it becomes a habit. But that is only because they are younger, not smaller.