Does Breed Matter When It Comes To Dog Training?
I hear these questions all the time: Is it true that some breeds are not trainable? What about a husky or a pitbull? Does the size of a dog matter when it comes to dog training?
The answer to each of these questions is NO, absolutely not. Although it is true that some breeds need more work than others to achieve desired results, each and every dog can be %100 trained.
It is sad to see how some so-called dog trainers have contributed to this myth over the years by labeling some breeds as untrainable. If you ask me, I say that is a load of crap! If you ever hire a trainer who tells you anything along these lines, please show them to the door immediately!
A qualified dog trainer in Orange County with proper skills and experience would never say such a thing. If a dog trainer can not control a dog no matter what the behavior problem, temperament, size and breed, then I suggest they resign from the dog training world. That way, we can save thousands of dogs from being euthanized every year!
Unfortunately in the dog training field, just like any other career, there are few dog trainers in Orange County who continuously educate themselves out of the box . They simply stick to the textbook methods they were taught in school and never update their techniques. Along with proper education and practice, it is also extremely important for a dog trainer to have a natural gift in order to become successful in the dog training world.
Throughout the years as a dog trainer in Orange County, there have been many challenges that I have faced. Dogs with very aggressive temperaments, dogs that have been deemed “untrainable” by multiple trainers, overly reactive dogs… I have even trained dogs that were diagnosed as deaf by a certified veterinarian, but the dog was only pretending not to hear to get away with bad behavior.
After facing these challenges, I experimented with different techniques and found new ways to how to communicate with certain dogs. I never take no for an answer and, frankly, I have always been able to help people with their dog’s behavior problems.
When hiring a dog trainer in Orange County, you should keep in mind that:
- No dog is untrainable, It is the trainer who needs more training.
- The age of your dog doesn’t matter.
- The breed of your dog doesn’t matter.
- The history of your dog doesn’t matter. Dogs can change their behavior. Some might take longer than the others but it will happen eventually.
- Never take the advice to use tranquilizers as a substitute or as an aid for training. You hired a dog trainer, not a doctor.
- A dog trainer MUST NOT show up and pin your dog to the ground right away to assert dominance. I always let a dog decide whether we will be friends right away or if there will be a little roughhousing. Nonetheless, I am not scared to apply corrections for bad behavior.
- A dog trainer must never advise people to ignore aggression because things will escalate quickly once a dog gains confidence.
- A dog trainer MUST NOT be a fairy from Disneyland that doesn’t believe in corrections. Corrections must be applied to guide the dog towards the desired behavior. You should never expect punishments that include spray bottles or a can of coins when working with a dog trainer.