775-800-1011 dga@doggoneamazing.com

Four Dog Training Myths Debunked: What You Need to Know

At Dog Gone Amazing, we’re known for helping owners transform their furry companions into the most well-behaved pups on the block with our dog training methods. But what if we told you that it’s not just the dogs who need the training?

Yes, you read that right.

While we are experts in training dogs, we understand that the key to success lies in teaching both ends of the leash. There are many misconceptions when it comes to how to train your dog. From which tools to use to the tone of voice to all the different techniques you now see on TikTok, there is an overwhelming amount of information out there. But you need answers, and you need them fast. So, in this blog, we are telling you the facts and debunking the most common dog training myths.

dog training methodsMyth 1: Prong Collar – A Cruel Tool?

Have you heard the rumor that prong collars are cruel and inhumane? Let’s set the record straight. When used correctly, prong collards can be valuable tools for training your dog. Prong collars can be a safer option as they distribute weight and pressure evenly around the neck to minimize strain on the neck. The discomfort felt when a dog pulls with a prong collar helps them self-correct behavior.

Proper fit is crucial for training effectiveness and safety. If a dog is not responding to the collar, adjustments may be needed to the fit. We know prong collars can be intimidating, but DGA is always there to guide and assist.

Myth 2: Stim and E-Collars – Shocking or Beneficial?

Despite all the controversy surrounding stim and e-collars, these two collars are safe and beneficial to the dog training process. To clear the air first, stim and e-collars do NOT shock dogs. Since we cannot speak canine, these tools are used to simply communicate with your pup. It’s important to note that the sensations a dog feels from these collars are anything but harmful or painful. The collars use gentle vibrations or mild feelings to capture your dog’s attention and facilitate effective training. Think of it like a gentle tap on the shoulder to redirect their focus or reinforce a command.

Using stim and e-collars as communication tools are some of the best dog training methods. Although it is entirely safe, we recommend seeking guidance from the pros who can teach you how to properly introduce and use these collars in your training routine.

If you’re still unsure about e-collars, read our Top 5 E-Collar Myths here.

dog training methodsMyth 3: One Dog Training Method Fits All – Works Best or Limiting?

Many believe that owners should stick to just one dog training method. The truth is our four-legged pals are unique. By embracing a range of training methods, you’ll get to explore how your dog learns best. Here are a few best dog training methods that we recommend:

  1. Positive Reinforcement: Using rewards, such as treats, praise, and play, to reinforce desired behaviors.
  2. Clicker Training: Using a clicker as a marker. This allows for precise communication with dogs, reinforcing desired behaviors with positive rewards and facilitating clear understanding.
  3. Balanced Dog Training: Combines positive reinforcement and correction techniques to modify dog behavior effectively. The method uses rewards for good behavior and correction for undesirable behavior to create a balanced approach to training.
    This method worked great for Penny, one of our DGA dog clients!
  4. Stim and E-Collar Training: Now that we’ve debunked the myths above, we include these collars in our recommended list as effective training methods for your dog.
  5. Correction-based Training: Provide clear feedback when your dog engages in unwanted behaviors. It’s like a friendly nudge that helps them understand the boundaries and learn which actions are undesirable.
  6. Dog Gone Amazing Training: We couldn’t resist slipping it in. While we believe our tips will lead you to success, if you’re looking for additional help to speed up the training process and boost your confidence, we highly recommend taking advantage of our professional training programs and services.

dog training methodsMyth 4: Dog Training is Only for Problematic Dogs

Another common misconception is that dog training is only necessary for dogs with behavioral issues. However, training is beneficial for all dogs, regardless of their behavior. Training provides mental stimulation, improves communication, strengthens the bond between you and your furry friend, and helps prevent potential behavior problems from developing.

Training benefits all ages, whether you have a puppy or an adult dog. Also, don’t be afraid of investing in dog training. You will be so proud to see their progress and behavioral transformation along the way.

To get a glimpse of the success stories from our training programs, visit our Instagram, where we love to feature our proud pup graduates!

At Dog Gone Amazing, we believe training isn’t just for the dogs; it’s for the humans too! If you’re ready to learn more about dog training and our methods, visit our website or contact us today.