5 mistake commonly seen in dog training

I know that it’s a challenge trying to separate the truth from the fluff when it comes to dog training. Different sources often offer you conflicting information, which altogether make it even more confused. You will be wasting a lot of time on some half-truth or unreliable training method, even if it comes from dog trainers.

To help you get started with dog training, I reveal in this article the 5 common mistakes that dog owners make.

1. A dog that chews thing is trying to be vindictive.

One of the most common behavior problems is chewing. Chewing may not be as simple as some might think. But one thing you can be sure is your dog is not malicious.

Your golden retriever chews when she’s alone. Same thing like humans play solitaire to pass the time. In fact, chewing is much more important to dogs compared to playing solitaire to humans.

Dogs chew to keep their teeth and gums healthy while maintaining their jaw strength. Puppies chew when they are teething. In essence, chewing is not a problem in itself as it’s natural to dog. Destructive chewing, on the other hand, is problematic. Bottom line, take some time to teach your dog what she can and cannot chew.

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2. You are only training your dog when you think you are.

If you plan out all your dog training sessions like specific time, place and tools, you are falling to the mindset that “you are training your dog when you think you are”.

In fact, your dog picks up your verbal and non-verbal instruction all the time. Effectively, you are training your dog whenever you are with her. Your dog learn from your action, even if it’s not direct.

By running to the door when the bell rings, you are giving signal to your dog that she’s allowed to spring up and run when she hears the door bell.

Structured training, however, is still important. Nevertheless, recognizing the involuntary training and give your dog proper signal plays a crucial role too.

3. A crate is simply a dog cage that imprisons your dog.

This perception is definitely WRONG. Confinement to humans and dogs are totally different. The crate is the only place your dog recognizes that’s where she doesn’t have to do anything, like protecting the house or keeping you company. It’s a HUGE relief to her.

Crate training has been part of many dog owners to-do list when it comes to training your puppy .

4. Dog whispering is a superior method of training your dog because it’s humane and gentle.

There’s a lot of confusion and misleading information surrounding this topic. Many say that dog whispering is better way to train your dog because it’s more humane and gentle.

Many different methods and techniques are being used in dog whispering approach. It’s not quite “gentle” as many think as much of the effectiveness of this method relies on establishing dominance, and let your dog know that you are the pack leader. Strong physical contact and gesture are often used.

5. You need to understand and communicate in ‘dog language’ for your training to be effective.

Surprisingly, this notion has gained popularity recently. Truth be told, it’s impossible for you to communicate in ‘dog language’. Dogs’ body language is what expresses their emotions, and it’s important to be able to ‘read’ it. Sometimes, barking means ‘I’m acting out’ but the other times it says ‘There’s a man with an ax behind you’.

You need to take note on the above 5 common myths to successfully train your dog. If mistakenly understood, it might leave negative effect on your dog behavior.

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on September 14, 2012

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