I wonder what it means?
I keep seeing similar adverts all over the Dog related web. Train a Dog in 7 days or Train your Dog in 5 days. But train them to do what?
Potty train a Dog, teach a Dog to give you it’s paw, or stop a Dog barking?
I just don’t get it. I mean, take the following for example:
Train A Dog To Give You Its Paw
The secrets to that super important question
How To Train A Dog To Give You Its Paw
And on it goes. A super cheesy page full of bright colours and tantalising glimpses at some e-book that will give you the secrets that will teach you some training technique or other.
Many of these ads, or ones similar promise to tell you how to train your Dog in seven days or so. I just can’t see how it can make sense. Different aspects of training take differnt amount of time.
I mean, I can tell you how to leash train train your Dog in less than seven days. I can’t, however tell you how to train a shy Dog to fetch a ball in seven days. Different animals will respond differently to different aspects of training. It depends on what you are trying to teach your Dog and the temperament.
Oh, in case you were wondering I CAN teach you how to train your Dog to give you its paw in about two minutes. That’s how long it took me to train Faye! Daisy on the other hand (the shy one), will have none of it!
Training a Dog is a lifelong commitment. Some things are instilled in them, such as housetraining, and it is with them for life.
Other aspects of training, such as leash control and recall on command, can, for some, be a lifelong task of constant re-enforcement.
Generic titles like the title of this post can be so misleading, as this was! There is no way you can just TRAIN a Dog in a few days. It makes no sense. If I want Faye to become a sheep Dog you can bet it will take about seven years not days! And even then I doubt she would do much apart from run around eating sheep poop!
So, who has ever followed up on one of these SECRETS REVEALED type of adverts?
Did you train your Dog in seven days?
To do what?
Do you really want to know the secrets of:
How To Train A Dog To Give You Its Paw In Two Minutes
May the Doggie Force be with you all.