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Dog Training Techniques - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In the world of professional dog trainers, different trainers have different dog training techniques. We develop different skills and techniques and beliefs about how to train dogs, and what works for one trainer may not work for another.

However, I've found that there are some specific things that, basically, always work. For example, I've talked many times before about the importance of becoming your dog's pack leader as a way to eliminate the vast majority of problem behaviors with your dog.

But today I want to talk about something else...

Today I wanted to discuss a few disastrous dog training techniques that I see people make all the time.

If you're training your dog this way, you're making it harder on yourself AND your dog.

Now, let's talk about this first -- there are really only three things your dog needs to know to enable you to teach him just about anything.

  • Words mean something -- they are signals that you want him to do something.
  • Rewards are just about the very best thing in the world.
  • Performing behaviors that you want him to perform earns rewards.

Simple as that.

Now, as you can tell, this is a positive approach to dog training. The BIG MISTAKE I see a lot of people making is relying almost exclusively on negative training methods.

For example, escalating the intensity of a signal is almost never effective. This is like visiting a foreign country where they speak a different language and expecting the people who live there to understand you if you simply speak louder.

Doesn't work.

For example... let's say you want your dog to sit. First, you say "sit." Dog doesn't sit. Then you might say "sit" in a louder voice. Dog doesn't sit. By now you might be screaming and repeating "Sit!!! Sit!!! Sit!!!" Still, your dog doesn't sit. If you have a choke chain, you may already be using it to choke or apply force to make the dog sit. This is totally counterproductive. Why would choking and yelling at a dog make him sit? Isn't it better to use a food lure and lure the dog into a sit, or use a clicker and shape the behavior?

Now, just so you don't get the wrong idea, I believe in consequences. But if I give a consequence and it doesn't work, I don't escalate the violence. Instead I use a different consequence, or employ a competing behavior. If you're making these mistakes with your dog training techniques, I'd suggest trying something a little different.

For example, as I mentioned above, if you're your dog's leader, you really don't have to worry about problems... which is why being pack leader is so important, and which is why I spend an entire week in my online dog training course covering this and only this.

Now, what I suggest you do is first head over to this dog training techniques post on my blog where I cover this in more detail.

If you head over there today, you should be able to get a free dog training audiobook (assuming we have some left in stock) that will help you. Also, you might want to have a look at this dog training techniques video on YouTube where you'll find a few more tips.

Hope this helps. And let me know how you do!

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