Dog Training Caution & Disclaimer
Listen up, dog training CAN be an inherently dangerous activity. You, your dog, and bystanders could be injured. Dog bites happen, especially if you read your dog incorrectly and/or are trying to compel them into doing something they don’t want to do.
If you move too quickly in training or are using the wrong tools, or using the right tools but implementing them inappropriately, your dog may have an adverse response! Yes, you can really mess up a dog or make a problem worse even if you have the best of intentions and a hearty DIY attitude.
We offer a good bit of training and management advice and information on this site. But you are solely responsible for any outcomes as a result of applying this information on your own without professional help. Again, ineffectively implementing some of the training advice here could result in serious injury to human or dog, or worsening of existing behavior problems.
Don’t be dumb.
Don’t be cheap.
If you have a problem you’re not sure you can resolve on your own, call a qualified professional (and no, the glorified customer service reps. at your local big box pet product retailer don’t really count. Take a few minutes and do your homework on this one.) But if you’re bound and determined to give it a go, I need you to take the pledge below:
Hold up your left hand and place your right hand on this copy of the Koehler Method of Dog Training and repeat after me:
“I [your name] do solemnly swear to exercise my sound judgment when reading the material provided on this website. I will not attempt training techniques that are beyond my scope of expertise, and if I encounter problems in the training of my dog, I will immediately seek out professional help.”