1. Dog training would take away from your time to watch television.
2. Your dog is alpha and won’t let you do anything.
3. If God meant for dogs to sit, they would be born with chairs on their bottoms.
4. The sound of the clicker might wake the baby.
5. Your dog might learn the secrets of training and train you.
6. Old dogs don’t don’t learn new tricks.
7. You can’t be the person that your dog thinks you are.
Okay, I hope you realized this is not serious.These may be reasons but they are not good reasons.
This list came out of a day when I was discouraged about people getting around to doing dog training. Now for a few comments…
1. Dog training does take time. But you can do it during the ads on TV. Once you get some habits going, they take surprisingly little time.
2. “Alpha” is an outmoded concept but behind #2 above is the uneasiness a lot of people do feel about being the boss over a dog who pretty much does what it pleases. I find the easiest way to deal with this issue is to reframe how you think about dog training. Think of it as dog games and you and the dog and playmates.
3. Behind this one is the attitude that always astonishes me: that it isn’t natural to train dogs. Well, excuse me, but it isn’t natural to let them be hit by cars either. We humans haven’t lived in a purely natural world for quite a few centuries now and neither have our dogs. I won’t even get into how natural it is that humans have created so many different dog breeds!
4. If you have a baby or children, and you have one or more dogs, dog training just become an extremely urgent priority.
5. Guess what, your dog has already trained you.
7. None of us can be the people our dogs think we are but this is one of the great gifts of living with dogs. They keep loving us no matter what.