Four Dangerous Dog Training Myths
Myth #1 Choke Collars
Myth: You need to use a choke collar to leash train your dog.
Correction: This is wrong and immoral choke collars do exactly what they say they do – they choke your dog and they cut off your dog's ability to breathe! This can do serious damage to your dog!
TIP: In the beginning, the most effective and humane way to train a dog is with a head collar. Similar to a halter for a horse, a dog head collar will give you an easy way to communicate your desire without choking your dog. There are several brands on the market that we go into in the 1 Minute Dog Training Videos.
Myth #2 Prong/Spike Collars
Myth: You need a prong (spike) collar to train "tough" dogs.
DO NOT Use: Please, these are worse than a choke collar! Prong collars have spikes that stab your dog's neck every time the leash is used as a “correction.” You can see horrible prong collar damage in the image above.
Myth #3 Electric Shock Collar
Myth: You need an electronic shock collar to either train your dog or to teach it to stop barking. (See Myths 1 & 2)
DO NOT USE: The use of shock collars on dogs is a very emotional topic and discussions will often degrade into personal attacks.
According to Polsky’s study dogs kept in shock containment systems (i.e. invisible fence or underground fence), showed extreme aggression towards humans, over and beyond their normal behavior. On top of that, it showed that shock collars only work a small percentage of the time anyway. Basically, dogs just learn to be afraid of people and the collar! Not to mention what it does to your dog’s health!
Myth #4 Dominance
Myth: You need to dominate your dog by using physical force (yelling, smacking, hitting, choking).
Correction: I think enough has been said about using force to train a dog.