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Train Pet Dog Review

TrainPetDog promises to help you improve many areas of your dog’s behavior. Their extensive inventory of dog breeds is said to help you potty train your dog, help with obedience, curb unwelcomed behavior, and give you free dog training material. But is TrainPetDog worth it?

TrainPetDog’s dog training techniques are based more on the debunked dominance training methodology. They don’t encourage using punishment as part of their training. They seem to also draw from relationship-based and scientifically-proven positive reinforcement training techniques.

With clear goals to tick off from my task manager, I popped my collar and slipped on my monocle. I signed up for the company’s free dog training course to determine what buying their paid service would entail. Sugar your tea or task your cuppa joe and benefit from my experience.

The Training Methods I First Looked Into

As the smarty-pants writer and dog companion, I needed to do homework first. I had to know what science says about the different training methods that have been vetted.

We need to know what works and what’s myth and the efficiency and efficacy of the sort of training that might work on your currently rowdy, but still adorable, doggo. My research was to ensure that TrainPetDog.com and its alternatives teach and sell data and result-driven practices that have our dogs’ well-being in mind before all else.

Although there are many training methods that the professional dog training community uses and disagrees over, seven are the most widely used. Namely,

Positive reinforcement

Data-driven dog training

Clicker training

Shock therapy

Relationship-based method

Dominance training

Even with these seven, professional and experienced dog trainers will employ a combination after assessing your dog and tailoring the approach to your dog’s breed, sex, age, personality, and environment.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard of two or three of these:

The much-praised positive reinforcement

The barbaric seeming shock therapy

The infamous dominance training

Let’s break these down before diving into my experience with Train Pet Dog’s choice of training practice.

Dog Training Method

How Does It Work?

Positives

Drawbacks

Positive Reinforcement

You use praise, food reward, and petting to reward your dog for following your commands.   The method also works in instilling the desired behavior in your dog.  

This method is [scientifically verified] to be one of the most effective forms of dog training.   It’s easy for anyone to use with their dogs.

It requires a ton of patience and consistency.   Everyone should be on the same page regarding what each command means and what behavior is rewarded.

Data-driven Dog Training

This science-based training technique relies on the ever-growing and changing findings from animal behaviorists on a dog’s nature, training ability, and response to positive reinforcement and punishment.

It’s constantly being worked on and improved.   Scientists combine a delicate balance of reward and punishment.   It works to train dogs without having to rely on rewards but focus on getting to know what makes your dog tick.  

It draws from a broad field that makes it difficult for a layman like us to replicate at home.

Clicker Training 

Similar to positive reinforcement, it uses a clicker to make a sharp noise to tell your dog that it has done something good.

You can use a clicker to reinforce behaviors that you want from your dog without having to rely on anything else.   It pinpoints the exact behavior you’re praising immediately after your dog accomplishes it.   You can use it in tandem with a reward and verbal command to build new behavior.  

It is only helpful for rewarding good behavior and does nothing for bad behavior.   It is also quite involved as it needs steps and other training methods to be most effective.

  Shock Therapy

On the archaic side of methods, you strap a collar that can pass an electric jolt to your canine when it does something undesirable.

You can condition your dog from a distance without having it on a leash or when you’re not close enough to restrain or correct your dog’s behavior.

It relies solely on punishment, which is fear because your dog is more aware of when it’s being “bad.”   It can cause lasting physical and psychological damage that could lead to lifelong stress and anxiety for your canine.  

Model-rival Training  

This system of training is also known as mirroring. It utilizes a dog’s knack for learning through observation which you can use as a model for instilling good behavior.   You can use a human to act as your subject of attention by praising them when they do want behavior and scolding them when they do something terrible.   As an observer, your dog will watch and pick up on what will get them favor with their favorite human.  

It can be great fun for your pup as the model can act as a rival for your dog by offering rewards for whoever accomplishes the desired task quicker.   As your dog will spend more time observing and following you around, it can help you build a deeper bond with your four-legged companion.

You require a willing model and rival for your dog and patience to go through the process.

Relationship-based Method

This method is more holistic and individualized as it combines several techniques most suited to yourself and your dog.   It uses a principle of mutual benefit that fosters communication and solidifies your bond with your pet.

It helps you communicate better and interpret your dog’s body language to meet its needs and wants.   The techniques you use with your dog help you become a better parent to your dog as you learn which rewards motivate it and how to meet your dog’s basic needs.   You can gradually build up to more complex commands and tasks from the foundational work you set.

It is also energy-intensive as you need to control your dog’s environment to curb unwanted actions.   Training your pup also turns more into a journey than a destination you reach and hang up the reigns as you build a repertoire on your previous successes in training.

Dominance Training

Weirdly enough, this is the simplest and most abused training method. In its simplest form, it relies on observational data scientists have noted from captive wolves.   It asserts that your dogs see their humans as another member of their pack, follow a social hierarchy, and follow your rule if you behave as the alpha.   You’ve probably seen this behavior with one of your dogs lowering itself and rolling over on its stomach when they’re in the presence of a more dominant dog.

It has an easy concept to grasp with simple rules for you to follow with your dog. Rules like your dog following behind you when walking on/off a leash, entering or leaving a room, and eating after seeing you eat first.   You can improve your self-confidence by training yourself to have confident body language while giving calm and direct commands. The clear hierarchy in the house can create a harmonious environment like a stern and loving human parent does.   When properly learned, you can decrease bad behavior in your dog.   You can give your dog a sense of trust and security in your lead by projecting confidence and authority.

Scarily easy to abuse and misunderstand.   The method has less scientific backing than the more positive training methods. It is now outdated, as wild wolves don’t seem to show the same structured pack mentality as captive wolves.   It can create a rift between yourself and your doggie best-best friend done correctly.   Lastly, the method can become dangerous for children and the elderly, as everyone must always show the same confidence level.

With that lengthy work done, it was time to review the methods used by Train Pet Dog and whether or not they worked for me and could therefore work for you.

My Journey To Train Pet Dog’s Free Course

Train Pet Dog has complimentary courses you can signup for by subscribing to their mailing list. These courses help get a gist of what you’ll get with their paid product. I immediately signed up to receive material for my Yorkie, Cupcake.

Firstly, the free resources they emailed me had beneficial information that proved handy in pinpointing all the main issues I’ve been having with Cupcake. Like any good company that wants to reel you in and have you regularly eating at their table, signing up for their free resources is accessible without being pushy.

As you land on TrainPetDog’s homepage, they give concise and confident information. The first paragraph states what they have to offer and has a bold call to subscribe to their free dog training course. The rest of their homepage is concise and gives you an idea of how they’ll help you train and better interact with your furry baby.

It might be a flaw in my character, but I’m ready to listen when someone is straightforward with their business. I like to know what makes the alchemy behind their product tick above what the product can do for me.

I love Cupcake, but she wasn’t the easiest pup to raise. When I got her home from the vet for the first time, she could fit in a mug and quickly grew harmoniously into her new environment. My many woes with her also began quickly.

As it wasn’t my first rodeo, I knew the infant pup’s sporadic and heart-melting quivering barks wouldn’t last. They would soon become fuller and less tolerable for my neighbors without proper puppy training.

After getting all her shots and being old enough to socialize with other people and dogs, she attended puppy training school. It was good for her to socialize, play, and learn a couple of days a week for fifteen to thirty minutes at a time. I was familiar with housebreaking other breeds like my obedient, gentle giant of an American Pitbull, Bane.

Unlike Bane, Cupcake did not respond well to puppy training school. I was told that she was a doll, besides the occasional outbursts, which I thought was because of her excitement when I came to pick her up. To cut it short, for the first two years, Cupcake barked incessantly, chewed up chairs, peed and pooped wherever she pleased, and liked to bite fingers.

This behavior happened after I had pulled all the tricks that were previously effective with other dogs and also after I had followed vet-approved puppy training techniques starting from when my Yorkie was just eight weeks.

I was solely relying on positive reinforcement to train Cupcake. I did all the stuff to redirect her attention to biting something else instead of my fingers, tried to take her outside regularly to do her business, left the door open for all-day access to the garden, and other similar tactics.

Well, the outcome was different than expected, and the best I could do was get Cupcake to focus her business on one room in the house. Admittedly, I did give up on training her after I noticed that she’d only follow a command when I had a treat, and it had to be a treat that she liked.

Her constant snubbing and refusal to go outside when told by planting her butt on the floor or biting and holding onto something finally relieved my confidence. So, I was keen to look up Train Pet Dog as they promised to reduce all this behavior in six days from their free training course.

Signing Up For The Free Dog Training Course

The signup process for the mini dog training course is just as easy once you click the subscribe hyperlink or the signup button. After another quick summary reassuring me that the free course would help me, I filled in my name, dog breed, my dog’s name, and email address.

I immediately received a personalized email with the information I had provided during the signup step. The single-page email had basic information on what and what not to do when training my dog.

The don’t-do list included information I considered common knowledge to all dog parents. Advice not to yell at my dog, not to hit or kick, and not to punish my dog.

The following paragraph explained that the mini-course, like the main course, is about playing and having fun with my dog, making my Yorkie “actually want to obey me,” and tapping into my dog’s natural instincts that will help Cupcake quickly and easily get trained.

The rest of the email explained that the reason and motivation behind Cupcake’s good and bad behavior were because of the attention I give her and when I give her that attention.

There was also a link that led back to a page on the website with a dramatic, illustrated video explaining common problems with Yorkies and how the course works to correct these positive behaviors.

Before telling you about the action that I was redirected to on their website, I have to jot down my gripe with the “stay tuned” tactic that’s used. It’s okay since most people will appreciate not being flooded with walls of text from the go.

But, it was a pain since I had to wait six days to receive all the content of the mini-course before I could review it and see if it would be something I wanted to use with my dog. Each email you receive correlates to Day 1, Day 2, and so on of your dog’s training syllabus.

I was more critical of this system because it worked more smoothly for me. I had signed up for Cupcake as my baby needing transformation and Bane as a control.

Firstly, on the second day, I received two similar emails for Bane from two of Train Pet Dog’s trainers, which required me to signup a second time for the free mini course, which smelt fishy to me as I thought I had already completed the step.

Plus, I received Cupcake’s material some time ago, which was what I needed. The “breed-specific” information I was meant to receive was similar or the same for my Yorkie and Pitbull, both vastly different dogs.

What Training Method Does TrainPetDog Use?

As I went through the course, it became apparent that TrainPetDog had its inspiration from dominance-based training without the brutality associated with the method. Although controversial, the dominance-inspired approach helped me to be more assertive with my cheeky Yorkie, which could better calibrate her behavior with enough time.

Their courses use a mixture of the more positive approaches, which is a method that’s been shown to be more effective.

Is TrainPetDog Effective?

In a sense, yes. When applied with care and a gentle touch, free and paid courses can help you have a better-behaved dog. From my research, I don’t particularly see the need for signing up for the paid course.

TrainPetDog has many positive reviews, but there needs to be more transparency on the uniqueness of the course and a more in-depth breakdown of the training methods.

I did learn to use non-ammonia-based cleaning detergents when cleaning pee from the Cupcake’s room of choice of going potty. This reduced the number of pee stains I had at the end of each day, which means that she might be peeing in the garden when I’m not looking, as there are no pee incidents anywhere else in the house.

The idea of not responding to her when she barks at me when it’s close to her meal time or when she sees me snacking and giving me the idea to call her back into the house if she charges through the door first also seems to be helping with having her attention.

I was going to insert a picture or video here of the before and after the six days of the free course, but all I would have to show is a room with a lot of pee stains and one with slightly fewer. Also, I have a video of me calling her back into the house and giving her a treat once she’s by my side. Nothing cinematographically impressive enough to interrupt your rapt reading concentration.

TrainPegDog is recommended for people who are new to dog training and are only familiar with positive reinforcement or the relationship-based method. I would do the same for those that have heavily leaned toward using rewards, as the course can have one or two valuable gems you might’ve otherwise not previously tried.

But, for most experienced pet owners, I wouldn’t recommend the course because it can seem generic and monotonous with tips you’ve probably already tried.

Conclusion

TrainPetDog can be an effective program, but their dog trainers’ vast combined dog training expertise needs to be more solid. Their free mini dog training course is at least worth consideration because of the new way of thinking about training you can learn. Consider other reputable free dog training materials like from the Human Society organization using positive reinforcement.

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