Training a dog is difficult enough without misinformation! Here are 15 myths about dog training, debunked.
- “Dogs grow out of bad behavior.” They don’t, and it’ll only get worse with time!
- “You have to be the Alpha.” Dogs don’t prescribe to the hierarchical structure of wolf packs, and studies have debunked the Alpha concept many times.
- “Your dog may be too stubborn to learn.” It’s more likely that they are scared, confused, or frustrated.
- “Tug-of-war makes dogs aggressive.” Just enforce the right rules and your dog will not become aggressive while playing.
- “Food is bribery and not a good training tool.” Mix food rewards with affection, toys, and other rewards and it’ll be fine!
- “You have to always lead the way so your dog knows you’re in charge.” This is going back to the debunked Alpha theory!
- “Bulldogs can’t play tug-of-war.” Again, rules will prevent aggression.
- “A dog who does bad things is mad at you.” They’re probably trying to get your attention or have some training problems.
- “Puppies can’t be trained till six months old.” The younger you train a puppy, the smoother their learning process throughout life will be!
- “Rubbing a dog’s nose in their mess will teach them not to do it.” Dogs don’t have the reasoning capabilities necessary to understand why you’re doing this.
- “There are dumb breeds that just can’t learn.” Multiple studies have debunked this; all dogs can learn!
- “You can’t use positive reinforcement for all dogs.” You can and you should!
- “Old dogs can’t learn.” There’s no reason a senior dog can’t be taught, and they may be even easier to train.
- “My dog is just dominant, which is why their behavior is like this.” Dominance is not a personality trait. It just means their training isn’t good enough.
- “If I train with food, I can only use food forever.” As your dog becomes used to training, you can easily use other positive reinforcement methods.
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