Truth About Pets: The science behind training dogs

13News Now Tim Pandajis has the story.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Puppies! They’re so cute and cuddly! But if you don’t act quickly and train an obedient, well-mannered dog you could be stuck with a one whose behavior is less than cute and cuddly.

A common misconception is that a quick and simple way to train a dog is to run to the store and buy a shock collar. This is WRONG and our pet training expert, Brandy Eggeman of Citizen K9 and Dog Training explains why…“unfortunately, that’s the go-to for everybody is to go get a shock collar because they think if they can shock the dog into doing something that it would be reliable, it's actually the opposite.”

Just as in any other task we embark upon there is a method to doing it correctly.

Brandy says, “when you’re training dogs there’s a science behind training dogs, if you don’t understand body language and dog behavior and things like that then the shock collar really doesn’t have a place because you can actually ruin a dog.”

Dogs are smart, they learn quickly and sometimes outsmart us humans.

According to Brandy, “they get collar smart, the dog does what it’s supposed to do with everything, the second you take the collar off the dog knows it and they’re going to do whatever they want to do. So you haven’t really trained that dog.”

Brandy does say that there are certain times that a shock collar is useful. “yes, the shock collar can correct certain things, I’m not anti-shock collar, I think there is a time and a place for shock collars, but obedience and dog training is not one of those.”

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