Posted by: Linda Trunell | May 13, 2013

My Favorite Training Tips – #9 and #10

This is the last post expanding on “My Top Ten Favorite Training Tips” …

#9. You can teach an old dog new tricks.  

Dogs continue to learn throughout their lives – just as people do.  New experiences can add new knowledge and behaviors.  As dogs become older and less physically active, training sessions are a good way to keep their minds active and engaged.  Many senior people claim doing puzzles or word games helps their mind to stay sharp.  Continuing to have fun training sessions with your older dog will help him to stay sharp.

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#10. Training when done right is fun for you and your dog and strengthens your bond.

Training should never hurt.  There is no reason to physically or emotionally harm your dog.  The myth of the alpha wolf and resulting dominance training methods have been around for years but that doesn’t mean they are the best way to train.  I am not saying they do not work – but they work for all the wrong reasons and the human/dog bond becomes damaged.  Positive reinforcement is proven science and it is time to change to force-free training if you haven’t already.

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou 

Here’s to being our dog’s best friend,

Linda


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