Puppy Training Myths

Myth 19: we can segregate breeds into aggressive and friendly types.

This is a myth that unfortunately everyone believes. We forget that dogs have personalities of their own. Each dog is unique and we cannot slab them depending on the breed they belong to. You might find an aggressive Labrador retriever or a docile Doberman. A Saint Barnard is as capable of attacking as a Pitbull and a Pitbull can also be trained as a rescue dog. There are many reasons why dogs become aggressive including trauma as a puppy, lack of socialization, stress and fear amongst many others. Even dogs that are considered aggressive only attack when provoked. It is just that aggressive dogs are easier to provoke than the docile ones. It is human ignorance that mainly leads to dog attacks and it is this ignorance that leads them to classify dogs as aggressive or docile solely based on breed.

Myth 20: aggressive dogs need to socialize more.

Dogs that display aggressive behavior might need more socializing or some dog training information for San Diegans but the fact is that they are aggressive. So they could easily attack the other dogs. Hence, the exposure to other dogs should be done carefully to make it is a positive experience.

Myth 21: Shock collars will solve the behavioral problem.

Shock collars are often listed as training aides however, they do not do any good in the long run. A shock collar will temporarily stop your dog from behaving badly but as you keep on using it your dog will only get immune to it. In the end, a shock collar only suppresses the reaction to your dog’s behavior but it doesn’t stop your dog behaving badly. Shock collars are a good instant solution but in the long run your dog will either become used to the shock or will react to it negatively and become worse.

Myth 22: dog obedience training will solve your dog’s problems.

While obedience training course will teach your dog all the usual behavioral mannerisms it will not deal with any additional problems that your dog has. Obedience training will deal with potty training and leash walking but will not deal with any aggression issues that your dog has. You have to deal with that separately with some care and patience.

Myth 23: there is no limit to which you can train your dog.

Dogs have their limits too. They also need their rest and time to learn tasks. When you try to drill your dog too much, he or she might get fed up and become obstinate. Keep the training sessions short but repeat them twice or thrice a day. If you feel that your dog is losing interest in the training sessions give him a break because if he loses interest he is going to be extremely reluctant to learn and might even resent you for it.

Myth 24: The same training pattern works for every dog.

As mentioned earlier, each dog is unique and has his or her own identity. Hence it is absolutely necessary for you to tailor your training methods to suit your dog. What worked on your elder dog might not work on your new puppy because he might be more aggressive or more disobedient. When a method doesn’t work, go back and think about what went wrong and try to think of an alternative.

Myth 25: you can get away by tricking your dog.

You should avoid trying to fool your dog by telling him that you are going to reward him and then not doing so. This sows seeds of doubt in your dog. He will stop trusting you and the bond that the two of you have will be broken.