10 Old Rumors or the Truth? True/False

10 Old Rumors or the Truth? True/False

  1. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. FALSE. Because dogs live in the moment, any dog is capable of change if you set the tone and lead by example. For the same reason that a dog can start acting unruly at any age, you can address and improve a dog’s behavior at any time and any age. It’s NEVER too late.
  2. Training collars are specific to large, unruly breeds. FALSE. Size has nothing to do with anything. The idea is to match the training collar to what the dog’s personality is calling for. Many times a Chihuahua, Yorkie or Shih Tzu needs a micro pinch while a Great Dane, German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever needs only a flat or martingale collar.
  3. Giving repetitive training commands without proper reinforcements results in a lack of focus, the owner becoming the follower, a dog who becomes the leader and simply: A dog who doesn’t listen. TRUE. Think of it like this. If you tell your dog to sit 3 times, why would they ever do it on the first cue?
  4. Dominant dogs are only in a handful of high caliber type breeds. FALSE. Within EVERY breed you have dominant and submissive dogs and with different energy levels.
  5. Undesirable behaviors can be eliminated using positive reinforcement alone. FALSE. In order to stop unwanted behaviors, you must use consequences that matter to the dog. Reward the right choices, correct the wrong choices!
  6. Leaving your dog with a trainer and then returning at the end doesn’t work. FALSE. As long as the owner is shown how to continue and reinforce the training at home, a program like this is actually a great option for many owners.
  7. Puppies shouldn’t be allowed to continue and practice behaviors you wouldn’t want an adult dog to do. TRUE. Dogs under a year old are oftentimes allowed to continue behaviors, such as jumping or play biting under the guise of “well, he’s just a puppy still”. It’s actually a lot easier to curb these behaviors from the start then to wait until the dog is older. He most likely won’t grow out of it on his own!
  8. It’s beneficial to use food or treats in the beginning stages of the training process to help dogs learn. TRUE. Using food to teach new behaviors is easy and effective. Through the training process, we’ll slowly eliminate the amount of food and treats we give once we know the dog understands exactly what we’re asking.
  9. What works with your first dog will work with your next dog. FALSE. While sometimes we get lucky and this is true, that’s definitely not always the case. All dogs have different personalities and it’s important to be able to adjust your training style to fit the dog in front of you.
  10. Training using both positive reinforcement and negative consequences will ruin your relationship with your dog. FALSE. Dogs thrive on structure and training actually builds a better relationship. It opens up communication with your dog and reliable obedience allows you to do even more with him and enjoy it!

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