Dog Training “Results Guaranteed”!

You’re desperate, your dog’s behaviour is well and truly out of control.  Maybe you have no time to train your dog, work long hours, have no spare cash.  BUT, somehow you raise $500 because the ad says “Results Guaranteed”!

You might have baby on the way, be heading off on holidays and Mum & Dad are minding the dog, or the kids are too frightened to play in the yard.  “Results Guaranteed” is music to your ears!  Who cares how much it will cost!

What are you trying to “fix”?  What exactly is being guaranteed?  Is the guarantee in writing?  How long is the guarantee period valid for?   Will you get your money back if it doesn’t work?  If you were buying a flash new car or TV you would ask these questions.

Your dog is not a fridge or TV.  Like you, your dog is a thinking, feeling, emotional individual whose behaviour will vary and adapt to changing circumstances, experiences, hormones, age, aches, pains, relationships, fears, phobias and fun!

Sure, I like going to the movies, but might not want to if I have a sore back.  And,  I wouldn’t snap if someone I knew gave me a hug from behind.  Might be different if it was a stranger though.

If the guarantee is that during that one lesson, your dog will “learn” to stop barking, stop jumping or stop anything because they are frightened of the stranger yelling at them, squirting them with water or throwing things at them, be afraid.  This lesson might actually cost you more than you think.

Dogs that are frightened do not learn.  They stop doing what they are doing, temporarily, because they are frightened.  Dogs that are frightened may bite.  This is what a dog bite looks like.  This dog bit because he was frightened by a stranger in his home who choked him when he barked at the door and charged his owner $500 for the “training”.

Dog Bite 18/1 on 21 Jan

International dog whisperers and

Communicating secret listeners who

Speak of guarantees and offer other quick fixes

Dominance and lack of tolerance may lead to incontinence

Toting water spray bottles, throw chains & devices

Fear and frustration, all for high prices!

guaranteed-stamp

Professional behavioural dog trainers understand learning theory and positive reinforcement methods.  The Australian Veterinary Association recommends positive reinforcement dog training techniques.

We GUARANTEE that with expert advice, time and patience, you will get results!

TRAIN WITH FUN, NOT FEAR!

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4 thoughts on “Dog Training “Results Guaranteed”!

  1. Three of my dogs and I have trained with Jen Wilcox at Paw Behaviour over the years and I have nothing but praise for positive reinforcement training methods as taught at Paw Behaviour. All my dogs are and have been happy, healthy and a pleasure to have as my constant companions. They love to learn and love to please thanks to Paw Behaviour Dog Training.

  2. As usual, “quick” fixes often lead to short-lived results or even backtracking. You are much better off investing time and effort to end up with long term results or improvement. Like with anything… it is better to not take the easy way out!

  3. What a great post! If you think about it for a minute, “guaranteed results” could mean anything – and probably means nothing. I recently went through old family photos and came up with one of me and my basset hound, Happy, taken at an obedience trial – in 1968!!! The true Dark Ages of dog training. I had bought the 70 lb. dog, 18 months old, from a young man about to go off to college, and his mom refused to deal with the dog. (Today they would call that a ‘rescue’, and I would have been issued a halo, wink wink.) He WAS out of control, the only training he had was ‘road work’ with this young man who worked in his family’s bicycle shop and spent his weekends biking with the dog along the railroad right-of-way behind the shop. Muscular, fit dog, first time I put a leash on him I ended up on my knees on the concrete, unable to stand upright with a freight engine pulling on the other end. Obedience classes! The old style, the ONLY style available, yank and jerk on a choke chain. I could barely hold onto the leash, but discovered that if I had a hot dog in my pocket, I got Happy’s attention, and I never looked back. My OB instructor forbade me from bringing treats into the class, so I worked mostly at home, and sneaked tiny bits of hot dog that could be concealed in my hand to class. I had accidentally discovered the power of Positive Reinforcement training! I was young and naive, and I couldn’t understand why everyone wasn’t doing that! “You can’t take cookies into the ring!” was the pat answer. So I decided to prove that I could get a decent OB titled dog without force, in the ring, without hot dogs. After all, no way could I ‘force’ that dog to do anything anyway, he was muscled like a football player, and he was two-thirds my weight soaking wet. Back then, OB trials were huge, and limited to only Novice, Open and Utility, no OTCH, no Nov. A and B, there might have been a UDX title, but I don’t remember, that was 45 years ago, these days I can’t remember what I had for breakfast. Anyway, even though Happy and I could only go as far as a CD title, because the jump heights in the Open class were unsafe, impossible actually, for a basset hound, we entered trials. Funny, when we went in the ring, we often drew a crowd, as people would see “basset hound” in the judging program and came to watch, just couldn’t resist the chance to laugh. But they cheered instead. We were quite a good team, getting scores in the 90s, usually points off for ‘slow’ sits. (He wasn’t neutered, wink wink again.) WITHOUT HOT DOGS! One time, in a large trial, with 96 dogs in the Novice class, we won first place! Our score was 196, (those numbers I will always remember). The judge was stunned, made a point of telling me that he enjoyed giving us the blue ribbon because he could clearly see that “he loves his work!”

    Today I have PBGVs, not much like basset hounds, but hounds through and through, and they are certified working SAR dogs, a retired trailing dog and the new kid is a Human Remains Detector dog, and they too, “love their work”!

    Thanks for pushing me down that “memory lane”, Jen!

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