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Q. We have taken our 5-month old dog to a very reputable dog trainer. The problem is he is getting scabs on his neck from the corrections. What can we do?
I was wondering if you could help me. I am having my dog trained by a very reputable trainer in my area. The pup is 5 months old and when the trainer works with the dog he does everything. When we work him we are causing marks on his neck. Some are scabbed over. It seems like we are not having great success with using corrections on this dog. We are using a choke collar and our trainer says that we should give him a good correction instead of many little ones. We are afraid to hurt him and now with the problem with his scrapes we are nervous to use this type of training. We were told to use more motivation that anything but the dog starts to bite us and jump. When we correct him he gets aggressive. What should we do? Is there a training collar you would recommend instead of the choker?

Thank you,
Tom

A. Please – pass this on to your so called REPUTABLE DOG TRAINER.

You have a puppy. A 5-month old dog is a baby. To correct it the way you are talking about, is not only stupid it is asinine and one of the dumbest things I have heard in an email in a long, long time.

I don’t blame you – you don’t know any better. I blame this idiot who has you convinced they know something. ANYONE can train a dog with FORCE and corrections. That’s easy. Odds are you have probably destroyed the relationship with this dog – odds are it is not recoverable – at least not by you. Find it a new home and start again.

Here are a couple of very inexpensive videos that will make you realize why I am so upset with this fool that has worked your dog:

Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months

Basic Dog Obedience

I have this saying:

You need to be careful about who you listen to on training your dog. “Everyone has an opinion on how to train your dog – just ask your mailman, your neighbor, your hair dresser or barber, or your best friend – the problem is that very few people have the experience to back up their opinions which results in a lot of bad information being handed out”
  
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