DON’T Use THESE when Dog Training!

As a dog trainer, I have learned a lot about what to avoid when it comes to teaching our furry friends. In this blog post, I want to share some valuable insights on what not to use during dog training sessions. Join me as I discuss the methods and tools that should be avoided, ensuring a more effective and positive training experience for both you and your canine companion.


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Don’t Use These When Dog Training!

  1. Physical Punishment:
    I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to avoid using physical punishment when training your furry companion. This outdated and ineffective method can cause fear, anxiety, and aggression in dogs. Positive reinforcement and reward-based training techniques are far more effective and humane.

  2. Shouting or Yelling:
    Raising your voice and shouting at your dog can be counterproductive in training. Dogs respond better to calm and clear communication. Instead of yelling, use a firm but gentle tone to convey your instructions. Remember, your pup is more likely to listen when they feel respected and loved.

  3. Shock Collars:
    Shock collars, also known as electronic collars, are controversial tools used in dog training. While some argue that they can be effective, using aversive methods like electric shocks is not a recommended training technique. It can harm your dog physically and mentally, leading to long-term behavioral issues.

  4. Alpha Dog Approach:
    Contrary to popular belief, dominating your dog and asserting yourself as the alpha is not an effective training method. It can create a power struggle and potentially damage the bond between you and your furry friend. Focus on building a cooperative and respectful relationship based on trust and positive reinforcement.

  5. Lack of Consistency:
    Consistency is key when it comes to dog training. If you’re not consistent with your commands, rules, and routines, it can confuse your dog and make the training process more challenging. Establish clear boundaries and stick to them to help your pup understand and thrive.


In conclusion, proper dog training techniques require patience, understanding, and positive reinforcement. Avoiding the use of physical punishment, shouting, shock collars, alpha dog approaches, and inconsistency will create a healthier and happier training environment for you and your furry friend.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Q: I’ve been using physical punishment when training my dog. What should I do now?
    A: It’s never too late to change your training methods. Start implementing positive reinforcement techniques and seek the help of a professional dog trainer if needed.

  2. Q: Are shock collars ever acceptable for dog training?
    A: While some argue their effectiveness, the use of shock collars is generally discouraged due to the potential for physical and psychological harm.

  3. Q: Can I still assert my authority while training my dog?
    A: Instead of asserting dominance, focus on building a bond based on love, trust, and consistent positive reinforcement.

  4. Q: Why is consistency important in dog training?
    A: Consistency helps your dog understand expectations and reinforces desired behaviors, making the training process smoother.

  5. Q: Where can I find more information about dog training and nutrition?
    A: You can find a wealth of information on our website, including articles, videos, and podcasts dedicated to dog training and nutrition.

Thanks for reading, and happy training!