‘Myth Busting’ Archive

Myth Busting: Dogs That Aren’t Food Motivated December 19, 2011 8 Comments

When dog owners find out that clicker training requires using a lot of dog treats, some express concern and tell me their dogs are not food motivated. All dogs are food motivated! Dogs have to eat. If your dog wasn’t motivated by food in some capacity, she would be dead. This seems obvious, but many people […]

Myth Busting: Puppy Socialization & Training November 3, 2011 Comments Off

Outdated information about training puppies is absolutely rampant, and as a professional dog trainer, few things are more frustrating to me than hearing bad advice about puppies. It is so critical that puppies get as much training and, more importantly, socialization as possible — and it needs to start as soon as your puppy comes […]

Myth Busting: “Clicker Dogs are Unreliable” July 28, 2011 Comments Off

A common fallacy regarding clicker training is that dogs trained without the use of corrections are somehow less reliable than their traditionally-trained counterparts. By “traditional training”, I am referring to frequent use of aversives: collar corrections, leash pops, strong verbal corrections, electric shocks, and/or hitting. This simply isn’t the case. There are clicker trained service […]