#10: Assume your dog “just knows” things
Your canine friend is not a mind-reader, he’s a body-language reader
#9: Train the new dog the same way you trained the last one
Every dog is unique, even if it’s the same breed–and there could be a better way!
#8: Going too fast with training
A Rose is a Rose…, unless it’s a Sit. Dogs don’t generalize well–get those cues solid, before adding new ones
#7: Not playing with your dog every day
A big box of toys is no substitute for what they really want–YOU!
#6: Using your other dog to ‘train’ the new dog
Question: What would your preschooler learn from a class full of 8-year-olds? Answer: not much!
#5: Being a “fair-weather” friend
Your dog always has his coat on and is ready to go!
#4: Using praise only, as a reward
Would you do more and more work, for the same pay?
#3: Expect equipment to do the training for you
Who’s on the other end of the leash? It matters more than you think!
#2: Always trying to be more Alpha, less of a friend
Forget the commercials. Your puppy is not a “wolf”–and would you really want one?)
The #1 Dog Training Mistake Owners Make: They don’t train their dog, period!
It’s a sure recipe for chaos, surrender, or abandonment.
If you really don’t have the time to train, hire a Professional to do it for you!