Myths and Misunderstandings

Dogs have been an integral part of communities and families for many years, and unfortunately some misinformation and myths have developed in that time. With an unregulated training industry and an endless supply of contradictory articles, books, and videos, it’s all too easy to be misled. We have made an effort below to respond to and clarify some common misconceptions about dog training and behaviour.

All dogs learn differently and need different training methods.

Reality

While it’s true that dogs differ in their natural skills and preferences, all organisms share one important thing: they learn (change their behaviour) in two basic ways.

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My dog isn't food motivated, so I can't use positive reinforcement.

Reality

Any animal that needs to eat to live is food motivated, although the level of motivation may change depending on the situation. There are also many other options available for positive reinforcement!

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