Cabbagetown Marilyn

Marilyn is a four year old American Bulldog who was rescued as an adult dog.

“She’s the BEST DOG EVER! We don’t exactly know her past and she seems to have a fearfulness around other dogs. It looks aggressive. She’s never broken the skin on any dog. It’s just a lot of noise and saliva. We suspect she had to defend herself a lot around other dogs. It’s something we’re aware of and we manage by steering clear of other dogs. We don’t want to lose her. She’s really gentle around kids. Super sweet. We attended socialization classes with her at the Humane Society. Like I said, she’s the best dog ever! We love her.”

Puppy Myth Buster #3

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How Dogs Learn

3.   Using a treat to train your puppy is a form of bribery.

True or False

Answer: False

Most of the behaviors that we want from our dogs are unnatural for them. Food is a motivator. It is payment for a job well done. There are things everywhere that the puppy and adult dog are going to deem more interesting than you. We need to give them a reason to want to pay attention and work with us. Would you work for free? Probably not, so why should your dog. Food is one of the most potent motivators for animals and since they won’t accept cash, teach your puppy using food.

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