Dog trainers often differ in their views on pet training techniques. The truth is that trainers have different levels of education and their pet training experiences often differ. That’s why topics pertaining to certain pet issues are highly debatable. Despite the differing views though, there are some things that remain constant. These are 5 most common myths that are universally considered to be wrong.
Myth No. 1: My Dog is too Stubborn to be Trained
If you think your dog is too stubborn, aggressive or silly to be trained, think again. The reason why your pet’s behaviour doesn’t change is probably because they don’t understand what you’re trying to communicate with them. In other instances, they might have not yet associated ‘the reward’ with the ‘correct behaviour’. Another thing you ought to remember is that your pet is not going to concentrate on behaviour modification if they’re being distracted by external sources in the environment. Lastly, pets may not change their behaviour patterns if the training doesn’t continue at home. If you forget to reward your pet as soon as they exhibits the right behaviour, the training might not be very successful or it could take longer than usual.
Myth No. 2: My Dog’s Behaviour will Improve in Time
If you constantly ignore unacceptable behaviour patterns, these habits will soon get ingrained in him and they will only become stronger with the passage of time. Plenty of dogs end up in animal shelters because of serious behavioural issues. Avoid the stress of having to give your dog away and get him trained instead.
Myth No. 3: You Can Housetrain Your Pet by Rubbing his Nose in his Own Mess
The key to proper training is communication. By rubbing your dog’s nose in his poo, you’re not communicating the right message. Look for ways to reward him for doing his job outdoors instead. Focus on positive reinforcement instead of punishment. By rubbing his nose in his accidents you might want to make him feel guilty. The truth is that researchers are not sure whether animals feel guilty the same way we humans do. So skip the nose rubbing and use tried and tested methods of housebreaking instead.
Myth No. 4: My Dog Urinates on My Bed to Show Me His Anger
Dogs don’t think the way we humans do. The cause of the urination incident is most likely related to a housebreaking issue. It might also stem from a urinary tract infection. Before you think your pet is trying to get back at you, make sure you eliminate these causes and have your pet checked by a vet to be doubly sure.
Myth No. 5: Pet Training Should Begin at 6 Months of Age
This one couldn’t be farther away from the truth. Pets should ideally start obedience training when they’re around 7 weeks old. Even though they’re still small puppies at this stage, they observe other pets and learn to socialise with them. It’s important to get them to meet new people and pets while they’re young so that they can grow into confident adult dogs.
If you can’t handle the training process on your own, it’s a good idea to book obedience training sessions with a dog training professional. The National Dog Trainers Federation employs trained and highly educated dog trainers in Australia. We have to meet strict standards laid down by the NDTF and we’re capable of dealing with any kind of canine behavioural issue.
Our trainers are aware of the problems exhibited by different breeds and they follow scientifically proven methodologies of pet training. We also offer professional dog trainer courses that can be completed online or onsite in Melbourne. So if you want to hone your pet training skills, this course may be right for you.
To learn more about our pet training programs, visit us online or give us a call on 1300 66 44 66.
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