5 myths about training that you may not know

by | Nov 3, 2023 | Dog Training

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks:

In reality, this is far from the truth. The brain has a remarkable ability called neuroplasticity, which means it can rewire and adapt even at an older age. Learning new skills or adopting fresh habits isn’t reserved for the young. In fact, many older dogs have shattered this myth by embarking on new journeys of learning and growth.

You need to use dominance to train your dog so he/she knows who Alpha is:

For many years, the prevailing belief in dog training was based on the idea of establishing dominance over your pet. This approach is often referred to as the “alpha dog” or “pack leader” method. However, contemporary dog training methods have evolved, and this myth has been debunked. Dominance-based training can damage the bond between you and your pet, whereas positive reinforcement and balanced training builds a strong, affectionate relationship. 

My dog listens at home, so he/she doesn’t need training:

It’s not uncommon for pet owners to believe that if their dog behaves well at home, they don’t require formal training. This myth is based on the assumption that as long as the dog doesn’t exhibit problematic behaviors in familiar surroundings, training is unnecessary. While a dog may behave well at home, their behavior in different environments or around other people and animals may vary. Proper training can help your dog remain well-behaved in various situations. And since life is unpredictable, it’s always better to be prepared!

You can’t train a puppy until they are 6 months old:

Another common myth that often circulates is the belief that you should wait until a puppy reaches a certain age, typically around six months, to begin training them. In reality, early training is crucial for puppies. Puppies are like sponges, and their capacity for learning is at its peak during their early months. Waiting until they are older can lead to missed opportunities for crucial socialization and obedience training. It also may mean that they have developed bad habits that will take longer to change and in turn, cost you more money. 

Once trained, you no longer have to continue training:

The most crucial part of training a dog is continued practice at home. A successful trainer will make sure that you understand the principles they teach, so that you can continue training your dog on your own. Always ask what ongoing resources will be available to you after training so that you are set up to succeed as much as your dog is. 

Meadowlake Pet Resort offers numerous training packages to help your dog become the best version of themselves. Our highly trained trainers work on obedience with your pet and also offer specific training programs for problem behaviors. Through a combination of positive reinforcement and behavior modification, your dog will learn how to behave in a manner that makes you proud. Call us TODAY for a FREE training orientation. 713-413-1633