You’ll probably feel so helpless and stare in frustration (I would!).
This can happen with both young and adult dogs.
But if you haven’t, you need to keep reading.
Finding a good training program can be very challenging, but once you do, life does get better. Adrienne’s brain training course is the best I have found so far.
Dogs throw tantrums at times, barking incessantly, chewing bits of property around the house, or peeing on the couch.
I once had a puppy that would hide anytime she saw strangers. It took a lot of cajoling, and several unsuccessful training attempts to make her comfortable with visitors.
Finally, I found Adrienne’s brain training for dogs’ course, and it helped in bringing Tracy out of her shell.
Indeed, several dog training programs and several methods exist. You can drop off your pet at a camp or have the trainers come over or enroll in daily lessons.
Of course, you can just google ‘how to train your dog’.
Whichever method you employ, the important thing is to get results right? Wrong!
The process is just as important.
If you have used forceful training methods, think about a time your dog stepped out of line, maybe peed in the wrong place, or tried to eat something bad.
You probably yelled ‘bad dog’ or yanked his leash if you had it in your hands. And if he kept at it, you might have given him a few good taps on the head or his behind.
And in trying to correct bad behavior or to teach new ones, you resort to harsh scolding.
Well, sometimes you may get away with it. However, expect side effects.
Your dog could become scared of you.
These wrong ideas are employed by several dog trainers in physical establishments and online by blogs or even training programs.
The fact that an article or program promises to make your dog a better pet does not mean that it will actually be helpful.
Before I began to try out training programs, I checked online for tips and guides to help my dog, Tracy, be less intimidated.
One of the articles I read explained that dogs were sensitive. I was advised to show my displeasure whenever she misbehaved.
That wasn’t hard to do at all.
So, whenever I would call Tracy and, she wouldn’t respond, I would neglect her and refuse to give her afternoon treats, no dessert too.
Whenever she tried to play, I would shun her.
Little did I know the havoc I was wreaking.
After about a week, she stopped coming close. She would get her meals, ignore the treats if I held it my hands, and refuse to answer when I called her.
This time, I was on the receiving end of the silent treatment, and I did not enjoy it. So, I stopped punishing her. Instead, I enrolled her in a walk-in training.
The program promised the quickest results. It was cheap too, so I was quite excited to see the outcome. Tracy, on the other hand, was reluctant and timid as always.
By the second week, she was even more hesitant, and it became harder to get her out of the car. She had stopped shying away from visitors, but she would sit still and showed no interest in games.
At first, I thought she was getting used to being in the presence of strangers, but she started to do that with me too. She would answer when I called, but she would sit or stand dully.
I was worried. So, I talked to one of the trainers. He told me that because of her anxiety, they also did not leave her to play with the others.
I understood that he was trying to protect her, but at the end of the three weeks, things weren’t any better.
I tried one other training and a boot camp, but things did not really get better. Not until I stumbled on a brain training for dogs on the internet.
It caught my attention because it explained that dogs’ brains can be trained, and they can become sharper, intuitive, and fun.
I was also impressed by how Adrienne trained Maggie to stop her excessive jumping.