6th Worst Mistake New Dog Owners Make

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Dogs have been around for a very long time.  Training methods have changed tremendously since the first dogs became domesticated so many thousands of years ago, and that continues today.  In the last 20 years, through scientific progress, we have discovered that what used to work is no longer the most effective or humane method possible.

Many, many of us had a dog growing up, it’s why we understand how much a dog can make life so much more enjoyable.  But there is a darker side to that experience.  Many of us were raised with parents who, not knowing any better, trained our dog’s with methods that are outdated.  A great example of this is the old “rub their nose in it” when a housetraining pup has an accident.  This method has shown to be completely inefffective and will actually lead to the dog hiding her accidents!

The 6th worst mistake new dog owner’s make is sticking to the old ways of training because “they know what they are doing”.  I was guilty of this mistake when we first got Sully, I had so many animals growing up that I considered myself an expert in behavior and training.   Fortunately for Sully, I was open-minded with my research and as I learned more and more about force free training I found that it is, hands down, the best and most humane training method available.

To avoid making this mistake with their new dogs, an owner simply needs to be receptive to learning.  There are a plethora of free resources available to anyone willing to take the time to look.  One of my favorite, all-in-one-place, resource is Dogforum.com.  It is a force free, positive reenforcement forum that has many members that are ready and willing to answer questions and teach folks about these methods.

My recommendations for learning more about clicker training are going to be recurring in this series often, and there is a reason for that.  It’s been shown in countless studies that positive reinforcement training(operant conditioning) is effective, and ,more importantly, is beneficial to a dog’s mental health as well!

Here are some of the resources I recommend for anyone interested in learning more about positive reinforcement training.

Karen Pryor clicker training

Kikopup Youtube channel

Also I have dedicated a section to our blog that lists books that only deal in +R methods.  This list also contains books that deal with specific behavioral problems and a section dedicated specifically to puppies.

Book list

My recommendations for learning more about clicker training are going to be recurring in this series often, and there is a reason for that.  It’s been shown in countless studies that positive reinforcement training(operant conditioning) is effective, and ,more importantly, is beneficial to a dog’s mental health as well!

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