Dog training myths you need to be aware of.

We have all been there. New puppy owners often have these thoughts in mind, read on to see why you shouldn't do ANY of these.

1. My dog should just understand me? Right? Wrong.

Your dog doesn't speak a word of English. They can learn to associate certain words with certain tasks, but they have to be shown what these words mean. Yelling “Sit! Sit! Sit!” will never make your dog sit until you show them the action you want them to associate with the word. Training should be very hands on – your dog will never understand what you want by just talking to him.

2. Destructive behavior is always revenge.

Have you ever come home to a mess? It can be tempting to assume your dog did it to upset you or because they were mad at you for some reason. Here’s the thing – years and years of research have shown that dogs are incapable of spite or revenge. That doesn’t mean your dog is tearing up your house for no reason. It just means you need to look a little deeper to figure out the true reason and treat that problem accordingly.

3. Puppy guilty face means he knows what he did.

The classic “guilty” look of a dog is actually a submissive response to your anger and nothing more than that. They aren’t feeling sorry for something they did, they don’t even understand why you are angry. They’re just hoping to make you less angry. Many studies have shown that dogs are actually incapable of guilt – it’s just not an emotion dogs can handle.

4. Choke chains help for walks.

Choke chains may be effective training tools in the hands of professional dog trainers, but in the hands of the average owner, they wind up teaching dogs to ignore pain and also to continue dragging their owner around. Vets treat a wide variety of injuries caused by choke chains, ranging from gagging, gasping, and fainting to windpipe damage, temporary leg paralysis, and abnormal movement. and sometimes even death. There are a variety of better training tools to use, such as front clip harnesses and head collars. Do your research before buying a collar.

And there you have it, some helpful things to look out for!