MYTH #1: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” My dog is too old to learn anything new, so I’ll just have to live with the bad dog behaviors for the rest of his/her life.
FACT: Dogs actually learn throughout their lives and LOVE doing so with their favorite humans. So, when should you start training your dog? The only aspect of age that matters is how long your dog has had bad habits like jumping on people, barking for attention, begging for food, not coming when called, etc. Just like us humans, the longer your dog has had a bad habit, the longer it will take to change that into a GOOD behavior.
MYTH #2: It’s best to start training my puppy after he/she has all his vaccinations.
FACT: You may not realize it, but you started training your puppy the moment you brought him/her home! The way you interact with your dog every waking moment directly impacts his/her behavior. Most dogs that act aggressively do so out of fear that results from improper (or no) socialization the first 16 weeks of his/her life. What your pup learns during this time WILL greatly impact his/her behavior for the rest of your dog’s life.
MYTH #3: The average dog owner knows how to properly train their dog.
FACT: The hardest dog to train is your own, simply because of the human-nature emotional connection you have with your furry friend. Plus, no two dogs are the same. A professional dog trainer will teach you how to communicate clearly with your dog based on your dog’s personality, as well as your training and dog behavior goals.
Regardless of age, the only way any dog knows how to act appropriately, especially within our human homes and in public, is through clear and consistent communication, which comes through training and building a trusting relationship.
Obedience training is more than just stopping unwanted behaviors, like jumping on people. Training translates our human words, as well as our expectations and even affection, into a language that our dog understands and appreciates. It also helps you become a fair and confident leader that your dog trusts and respects.
Sure, your dog already loves you. But in the dog world, love doesn’t necessarily go paw-in-paw with respect. As a good leader, your dog will want to work for you because your praise and affection is his preferred paycheck.
Benefits of Dog Training
- enables clear, 2-way communication
- creates mutual trust & respect
- encourages good behavior
- calms & helps hyper dogs focus
- eases anxiety of nervous dogs
- builds confidence in shy dogs
- strengthens owner-dog bond
Here are just a few common dog behaviors that can be eliminated through training:
*Pulling on leash * Excessive barking * Stealing objects * Jumping on people * Digging * Accidents in house * Selective listening * Chewing inappropriate objects
* Not coming when called * Guarding toys or food * Play biting/mouthing * Counter surfing
* Destroying toys, bedding, clothing, etc. * Can’t calm in crate
* Separation anxiety
Behavioral issues often start because of a lack of clear communication, ineffective leadership, plus general misunderstandings of what truly makes your dog happy.
FACT: Trained dogs are often taken more places and get more attention from all people, including strangers. Training leads to MORE enjoyable experiences for you AND your dog, and even better service from your veterinarian, groomer, pet sitter, and more!
So, what are you waiting for? Your dog will not “outgrow” that bad habit. In fact, in time, he will actually PERFECT those bad behaviors if you don’t start training your dog now.
If you live on the east side of Cleveland, give me a call or simply click the “Request A Consultation” button (found on most pages of my website). I want to help you build a positive relationship with your dog that will last for the next 10-15+ years.