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Q. Can a dog be reconditioned to enjoy working through marker training if its previous owner used compulsion training?
Can a dog be reconditioned to enjoy working through marker training if its previous owner used compulsion training? I have an adopted dog who I believe was trained using compulsion and is very timid or cautious when training, I can tell she is afraid to make a mistake. I adopted her at about 1 year old, she looked pretty neglected, but is smart as a whip.

Thanks,
Sharon

A. Yes, they can but it can be much more challenging. I’d recommend this book: The Thinking Dog~Crossover to Clicker Training. It’s excellent and goes over this very issue. This is one of the best training books I’ve read in a long time.

Good luck!

Cindy Rhodes
  
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