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Training myths?

I am the web master for one of my training clubs. We're working on a Dog FAQ page. I want to gather a bunch of myths or misconceptions about training and turn those into questions or statements we will refute. For example, one myth is that an older dog can't learn new tricks, so a statement would be something like "My dog is older and we never did much, if any, training. I don't think I can train him now." Then there would be a short blurb about how ANY dog is trainable, bla bla bla.

If you know of any good myths, stereotypes, questions, misconceptions, etc. please share them so we can include them in our list!
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Re: Training myths?

The myth that an older dog won't bond well to a new family or can't be trained is a good one.

I'm also constantly frustrated with the myth that a work/sport dog can't also be a companion/house dog, and needs to be deprived of attention in order to "build drive" so it's willing to perform well.


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Re: Training myths?

Using treats or toys to train is "bribing" the dog and it will never perform without a "bribe".

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Re: Training myths?

1. That dogs who bark at strangers/other dogs are necessarily being "protective."
- addendum to #1 - that socializing a dog will make it less protective
2. That dogs who don't learn something quickly are being "stubborn" (much more likely to be poor handling/communication)
3. Pretty much anything related to dominance is widely misunderstood
4. That the owner needs to use alpha rolls to let their dog know they're the boss (see #3)


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Re: Training myths?

Pinch collars are an evil, "torture device". Maybe not those exact words, but many folks feel that way if they don't know the FACTS. They feel that a "choke chain" is much better.

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Good ones, keep 'em coming! We will also have some FAQ about breeding, rescue, etc. Even though we are a training club we get a LOT of cold calls like "where can I buy a golden?" "do you know of GSD stud dogs for my bitch?" etc.
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Re: Training myths?

that their brains will outgrow their skull, making them insane and turning on their masters......


Pit Bulls jaws will lock....


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Re: Training myths?

-Feeding your dog raw meat will make it "vicious."

-Dogs can be punished for what they did in the past because they'll remember (coming home to see a chewed shoe)

-Rubbing your dog's in its mess teaches it to not potty in the house.

-The dog doesn't "get it" because it's dumb (in reality, 99.9% of training problems are due to the handler)

-E-collars are bad

-One obedience class ought to be enough

-My dog has X title and because of that it should be bred

-Playing tug-of-war is bad.

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Re: Training myths?

Good ones Diana!

And Lies, if you want some rescue ones, the two biggest I deal with (beyond what's already been mentioned about bonding and training adult dogs) are:
- I can't rescue a dog because I want a purebred and
- I can't rescue a dog because I want a puppy

As we all know there are lots of purebreds and puppies available via rescue.


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Re: Training myths?

Thanks pupresq. Whoops, meant to say "rubbing your dog's NOSE in its mess..." brain fart!

Great suggestions by all. Lies, you'll have a VERY long FAQ page.

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