Conflicting Information From Dog Trainers


Yes, if you have spoken to more than one dog trainer or even read more than one dog training book then you are probably completely confused.  Why is there so much conflicting information?  This article will hopefully answer that question.

Let’s start by saying that dog training is not black and white.  Dog training is all gray.  Let me try to explain what I mean by that. There are certain things that can only be done one way meaning it has to be done in a certain way for it to be effective.  Dog training is not one of those things meaning there are as many ways to train a dog as there are people doing the training. Let me try to explain that in a different way.  If you knew 20 parents and you interviewed all of them you would find that they to raised their children in many different ways.

Since these parents use several different methods of raising their children it doesn’t mean that any one particular method is wrong. The same thing goes with dog training there are a bunch of different ways to train your dog and not one of them are necessarily wrong. However I do know it can be confusing.

So what do you to find the right dog trainer with the right information. You can do some research on the Internet, you can talk to family and friends and you can interview several trainers on the phone.  You’ll be amazed what you can find out about a trainer to a telephone call.

Then here’s the important part.  When you find a trainer that you like, you have to trust him and put your faith in him. Forget what you’ve read in the past and use your trainer’s methods to train your dog to be that perfect pet you always wanted.

Now don’t get me wrong if this trainer is doing something that in your opinion is completely outrageous or could injure your dog you need to speak up.  A good trainer will explain the reasons behind his methods so that you feel comfortable.

Keep in mind that there are trainers that strictly use treats and there are trainers that don’t use treats but still use motivational methods. If you’ve never trained a dog before ask some family or friends what their experiences have been with training with our without treats.

I have found that approximately 4 out of every 10 new clients we get have already been to another trainer that uses treats exclusively. Why have they come to me?  Simple because of the fact that their dog still isn’t trained and they are looking for a different method of training.

I hope this article gave you a little bit of insight as to why there is so much conflict and differences of opinion when it comes to training a dog. Simply find a trainer that you trust and enjoy the training process.

Do you still need help training your dog?  If so visit us at Canine Behavior Specialists and give us a call, or for our out of town readers  .

Until next time,


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About the Author: Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialists in Nashville, TN.  Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director ofCanine Behavior Specialists Network.

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