Here at The Three Dog Blog I like to mix up (hopefully) informative articles with a bit of fun.
As I spend a fair amount of my time either writing about, researching, or just being with the Dogs I sometimes get a serious case of DOG INFORMATION OVERLOAD.
Many things I read are very informative whilst others seem way to detailed and technical. People cite reports, case studies etc, to back up their arguments about why their Training Techniques, Dog Training Formula is the only way to go.
It can all seem a bit too much at times. I often think that too much information is no good. We can lose track of the basics.
How complicated can basic obedience training be?
I have tried my best to present articles on basic Dog Training and care.
What I wonder about is whether there is just too much information available.
The problems are these:
- There is so much conflicting advice
- You never know who to believe
- Does the person giving the advice have an ulterior motive, are they trying to sell you their Book etc
- Is the advice suitable for my Dog
- How can someone give advice without knowing about my Dog
- Are they serious!
- The advice does not suit my temperament
- The advice comes from a “yogurt knitting” do gooder
- The advice comes from a “smack it and it will shut up” hardcore Army type
- The information sounds just plain daft (but could it work)?
- It sounds great but why do I have to buy a $50 e-book to find out more (should I)?
Dog training information can be a minefield.
Just how do you know what is best for your Dog? Apart from a few important things such as knowing how to Alpha Roll correctly, and ensuring you know How To Clean Dogs Teeth, a lot of Dog care and Training is simply a matter of opinion.
I am amazed, for example, how many sites there are that believe a Dog should never be told off!
Positive reinforcement only don’t you know! I will not mention them but a lot of people believe only in rewarding positive behaviour and ignoring the bad. To me this is crazy but who am I to judge? If it works, great. I just can’t see it working like proper discipline would.
Anyway the point of this post is this:
Do you like reading about various Dog Training techniques?
Does it better help you decide how to train your Dog?
Do you discover things you had never thought about and are glad you did?
Or does it just boggle your brain and leave you more confused than ever?
Obviously none of this applies to this site, now does it?
May the Doggie Force be with you all.