With the growth of the pet industry, there have been plenty of "experts" in the field of dog training and behavior. While training classes for dogs are plentiful, a select few get their own TV shows.
The shows are entertaining and the work the trainers do are in some ways nothing short of amazing. Most shows provide great tips for training your dog and keeping them from destroying your home.
However, as the disclaimers say, these trainers are professionals who have been doing this work for years. Their methods work for them, and their techniques are proven to be safe when they are using them to train. Trying to mimic these techniques on your own dogs may not be the safest thing to do.
Professionals know exactly what type of leash to use and how to hold it properly to train the dog. This is not something that can be learned just from watching a TV show. In fact, on the website of one such shown the trainer sells a product that is made to mimic the type of collar he uses when he trains dogs. However, the website comes with a disclaimer: "The tips in this section are for information use only. We recommend seeking the assistance of a canine professional for further improving the relationship between you and your dog."
Now I know about the legalities of having a disclaimer, but I still feel this is smart advice.
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