If you’ve welcomed a new puppy or dog into your residence, you may be feeling a little lost when it comes to training them. Most dogs need help learning the necessary behaviours to live in a domestic environment. However, ensuring that our furry friends follow our instructions when we don’t share a common language is easier said than done.
To make matters, there are lots of misconceptions circulating about dog training that can actually impede dog owners’ training plans. We’ve busted a few of these myths right here to help you avoid common pitfalls:
Myth #1: Old dogs are not suitable for residential training programmes
We’ve all heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but it simply isn’t true. Older dogs still have elastic brains that can be taught new skills. It is worth noting, however, that training them may require a little more time and patience than training a sprightly puppy.
Myth #2: You need to use force to train a dog
Many owners roughly push the rump of their dog to the floor when trying to teach the ‘sit’ command. Like humans, however, dogs tend not to learn when forced to carry out certain actions. Instead, training sessions should involve conditioning and luring to ensure they make great companions.
Myth #3: Training can be completed quickly
While it is true that some dogs learn faster than others, rushing to the finish line is only likely to end in disaster. Signing up for four or five lessons will not turn your dog into a genius, as effective training requires plenty of time, patience, and persistence. Generally speaking, basic obedience training could take up to a year, although your dog will continue to pick up new skills and tricks throughout their entire life. It really is a long-term project.
Myth #4: Some dogs simply cannot be trained
Some people believe certain dogs or, indeed, entire breeds, are simply untrainable. While this may be the case in very extreme cases, even very boisterous and hyperactive dogs should respond to professional trainers.
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