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Dog training advice: If internet advice is not working.

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Your dog has a behaviour problem. You want her to stop pouncing on your guests. Teach him to walk nicely on a lead. Or maybe you want to teach him to do a new trick. Google is usually the first port of call. Or if your like me, YouTube is the go to for how to’s.

So you scroll down google, clicking on every relevant page. My God you go onto the second page too, you must be desperate! And all of the advice is the same, do this and this to get results…. But you’re not getting the results. Why not?

One size does not fit all.

Any advice given on the internet about dog training is not ‘one size fits all’. Dog’s are as different and individual as people are, and what works for one dog may not work for another.

That’s not to say the internet advice is wrong. It will work for most dog’s. But when it comes to your dog’s struggle, you need to try something different.

You’re only addressing the symptoms.

What is your dog’s motivation for doing the thing that you don’t want him to do? This is often such a complex question that it often requires professional help. And no, your dog is not peeing on your bed out of spite!

There are so many different reasons for why dogs do things, and that’s why often internet advice will not work. You are not addressing the motivation, or reason behind the behaviour. Only the symptoms.

Internet advice is often tailored to the many, not the few.

You’re technique is off.

Dog training is a mix of science and art! And again, there are so many reasons why the training is not working.

  • Treat placement – Where the reward comes from matters. Are you pulling him out of position when you reward?
  • Not fast enough! – Any reward should come no later than 5 seconds after the behaviour. Get your treats at the ready!
  • Rewarding at the wrong time – Are you rewarding the down when he’s on the floor, or just about to get up?
  • Body language – Is your body language saying something different to your command? You want your dog to come in close, however, leaning over him may be making him back off.
  • Asking too much – You get the behaviour you want, then ask for something more. A client recently asked my advice about his recall for his Labrador. After watching him try to recall the dog, I saw that he was recalling the dog, then asking for a sit for the reward, rather than rewarding the recall. After just rewarding the recall, he found she came back so much faster!
  • Pushing too hard – Making fast progress with training is tempting, however, its far better in the long run to make sure that the dog knows fully what to do before moving to the next level. If your asking for more and he’s not complying, take a step back.

So if the internet advice is not working, get professional help.

Whilst the internet is a fantastic resource for help and advice, nothing can replace the expert’s who have many years of experience and have trained hundreds of dogs.