There are a lot of myths surrounding canine training. Unfortunately, those myths sometimes keep people from taking their pets to classes that could make a meaningful difference in their lives. Below are some of the most common of those myths, completely dispelled!
Myth 1: I Can Train My Dog At Home
The myth isn't necessarily that you can't train your dog at home. The myth is that you can't easily address serious behavioral issues without a professional. Expert dog trainers can help you and your dog through the most complex issues, including phobias, anxieties, and trauma.
Having your dog trained outside of the home, and outside of their comfort zone, also helps them to learn how to behave in different environments. This will encourage your dog to listen and follow your instructions, no matter where you are together.
Myth 2. Socializing Isn't Important in Training
Socialization with both humans and dogs outside your family is critical to your dog's psychological development. Socialization is an often underrated aspect of canine training, but it is an important preventative measure against anxiety, depression, and loneliness. While giving your dog lots of attention at home is great, dog parks and obedience classes are really beneficial environments for them. They are social creatures after all!
Myth 3. You Can't Teach Old Dogs New Tricks
Not true! A dog is never too old to learn new tricks, develop better behaviors, or break bad habits. A professional trainer will come in handy with older dogs. They may be somewhat set in their ways, but that's nothing that a few obedience classes can't change.
Myth 4. You Can't Train Young Puppies
Young puppies can definitely begin training. In fact, it's great to develop good behavioral habits as young as possible. Despite the myth that puppies can't be trained until they're at least 6 months old, many canine training academies will train puppies as young as 3 months old.
Myth 5. Training Can't Help With Psychological Issues
Definitely a myth. Actually, a trainer may be essential to helping your dog work through most psychological issues. Russell's K9 Academy offers a specialized rehabilitation program for these challenges.
Dogs may need special training if they experience issues such as anxiety, phobias, hyperactivity, obsessiveness, and aggression. Rehabilitation programs can also help dogs who are suffering from trauma, which tends to affect dog abuse survivors and military dogs experiencing PTSD.
The myth that dog training can't help with psychological issues couldn't be further from the truth. It's important to dispel it so that these dogs can get the professional help they need.
See Results With Russell's K9 Academy
We disprove these myths every day through our canine training classes at Russell's K9 Academy. Our team of experts know what works. Our innovative programs and empathetic approach ensure that you and your dogs will get the amazing results you deserve.
Have any questions about our classes? Want to book a spot for your pup? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us through our email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (386) 265-3501, or through our convenient online form.
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