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5 Things That You Must Avoid in Dog Training – Obedience – Salt Lake City

Four Legged Schoalrs - Obedience - Salt Lake City

Four Legged Scholars – Obedience – Salt Lake City

Do you wish that your dog listened to you all of the time? We understand how you feel. We have helped many dogs and can help you too.

It can be confusing to know the best ways to train your dog because there is conflicting information on the internet and on TV.

Cesar Millan uses drastically different methods than Victoria Stilwell. However, both claim to get positive results. How do you know what is best?

The American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior sheds some light and science onto the answer. They have done research and have found out that positive training tends to create better results and is better for your dog emotionally.

It is not just important that your dog has good obedience. Salt Lake City owners will be happier if they actually enjoy training their dogs too.Positive methods are also much more fun.

1.) So what do we mean by positive training? This means that you will avoid the following:

  • choke chains
  • prong collars
  • shock collars
  • yelling at your dog
  • hitting your dog
  • spraying your dog with water
  • And anything else that might cause pain to your dog

Remember good dog training focuses on methods that regains your dog’s trust this is true for all problems and not just for obedience. Salt Lake City has many stores and trainers that advocate the above tools.

2.) You also want to avoid any dog trainer that states that choke, prong or shock collars are positive and do not instill pain. They are meant to be painful which is why the bad behavior stops.

However, because the dog is in pain he may act out in other ways such as becoming more aggressive or fearful.

3.) Also avoid any trainer that trains your dog for you and does NOT train you. It is important that you are empowered to get your dog to listen to you.

If someone else does the work for you, you cannot predict that your dog is going to listen to you too. You need to know how to do the training too.

4.) Avoid any trainer that poses they can get fast results (within 1-4 hours). Changing behavior takes times. Most dogs will take weeks, months and sometimes up to year to change their behavior.

If the behavior is dealing with aggression or fear their will be gradual change in the behavior at first. After a year or more of following the positive training program, there will be huge positive leaps in behavior change.

5.) Avoid large training classes that have 10 dogs. You will not get adequate attention to train your dog properly.

Good dog classes have 4-8 dogs in a class. At Four Legged Scholars LLC, Obedience, Salt Lake City, we have a maximum of 6 dogs in our classes.

We hope this helps you to create great obedience. Salt Lake City has many dog trainers to choose. Make sure you pick a good one!

Johanna Teresi, Salt Lake City Dog Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC, Obedience, Salt Lake City

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