You have probably seen over a thousand articles on dog training. Everything from “How To’s” to “5 tips on…” and you get the idea.
I am in several different pet related Facebook groups in which I both take part in on a daily basis, as well as admin a few of them. In doing so, I often see some of the silliest advice when it comes to dog training. Not even just silly advice, but some of the worst advice I have ever heard.
So today, rather than give you advice on training, I thought it could be interesting to share some ‘what not to do’s’ when it comes to dog training.
Q – My puppy bites my hands a lot, what can I do to stop that?
A – Bite him back – show him how it feels.
A – Grab him by the neck and slam him to the floor to show him who’s boss.
A – Slap him on his nose.
Q – My dog won’t stop peeing on the floor, what do I do?
A – Go over to the spot he peed, and pee over top of it to show him this is your territory. (really?)
A – Rub his nose in his pee, yell at him and throw him in a crate or outside. (cruel much?)
Q – I am going to re-home my dog, I don’t think it’s fair to him that I don’t have the time to spend training him.
A – You are a horrible person for re homing a dog, you’re lazy and you need to keep trying!
Q – I need some tips on using a head harness for my dog to help with leash pulling
A – That is sheer laziness. Try training your husky instead of taking the easy/lazy way.
Q – My dog jumps up a lot, help!
A – When they jump, grab them by the neck and slam them to the floor to show you’re pack leader.
Q – My dog pulls on the leash, what can I do?
A – Use a shock collar.
My thoughts on these?
First and foremost – no matter how silly the question might seem, when someone is asking for help, that means they are reaching out, trying to do what they can to better the situation with their dog. SO why not give helpful advice, even if you think the answer to the question should be obvious.
Note: The questions and answers I posted above are very real, and from very real people.
What is some of the silliest, or outrageous training advice you have gotten? Share with us in the comments!
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.