FACT: Puppies can start "formal" training as early as 8 weeks old.They learn from their parents, pack and litter mates at that age and they can learn from us, too.
MYTH: You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
FACT: I have had several older dogs, one was 9 years old (see my "Letters of Recommendation" page), go through my training program and are successfully trained. Just because a dog is old, doesn't mean that it can't or doesn't want to learn.
MYTH: Undesirable or "bad" behavior in puppies will just go away as they grow up.
FACT: Ignoring unwanted behaviors will not fix anything. The behaviors will get worse unless steps are taken to get rid of the problem by modifying the behavior.
MYTH: Dogs think like humans.
FACT: Dogs think like dogs, humans think like humans. A dog will not have its' feelings hurt if you correct them for undesirable behavior.
MYTH: Training will break your dog's spirit.
FACT: This is indeed false. My obedience training and behavior modification methods use sound training techniques and will ensure your dog is happy and well behaved.
MYTH: Some dogs just can't be trained.
FACT: All dogs can be trained, providing the methods used are sound.