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Hello, I'm trying to get a Malinois but haven't been able to locate a suitable trainer. Do you think I'll be able to train a dog as a beginner? What are your opinions on this?
 

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i guess there are still people that don't realize WHENEVER you own a dog, YOU will always be the primary trainer and the dog will learn most everything.....good or bad.....from YOU
  • therefore it should make good common sense to learn about dog behavior BEFORE you get one
  • a great place to start is volunteering at a shelter to help out doing anything just to get canine exposure. they always welcome volunteers and you will learn a lot about canine behavior first hand
  • a professional trainer will only assist - if they are REALLY good they will spend more time with YOU than the dog, so you can do it better
  • btw, @ Omerhaus is correct

get some videos from experts like Michael Ellis
DON'T rely on youtube videos until you check the background thoroughly, and if you can't don't bother watching them. at best they are "best of xxxxx highlight films" and never show the full story

watch Cesar on TV and learn a few general things but don't ever assume it's as simple as he makes it sound
watch that other TV show about the guy who boards/trains in San Diego, CA. he knows his stuff and is better than Cesar by a long shot

read the book "Culture Clash"...a GREAT resource and easy read that will teach you things i guarantee you don't know now and change the way you think about dogs. written by a good friend

"training" is simply a fancy word for CONTROL.......anyone who cannot control their dog is a BAD trainer and anyone who can control their dog is a great one. the amount of tricks it knows is irrelevant

i've trained owners and their dogs for over 20 years. can't remember how many owners with dog problems told me they "had dogs all their lives", but couldn't control any of them LOL

off the soapbox....have fun and start learning NOW....then get a dog later
 

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i guess there are still people that don't realize WHENEVER you own a dog, YOU will always be the primary trainer and the dog will learn most everything.....good or bad.....from YOU
  • therefore it should make good common sense to learn about dog behavior BEFORE you get one
  • a great place to start is volunteering at a shelter to help out doing anything just to get canine exposure. they always welcome volunteers and you will learn a lot about canine behavior first hand
  • a professional trainer will only assist - if they are REALLY good they will spend more time with YOU than the dog, so you can do it better
  • btw, @ Omerhaus is correct

get some videos from experts like Michael Ellis
DON'T rely on youtube videos until you check the background thoroughly, and if you can't don't bother watching them. at best they are "best of xxxxx highlight films" and never show the full story

watch Cesar on TV and learn a few general things but don't ever assume it's as simple as he makes it sound
watch that other TV show about the guy who boards/trains in San Diego, CA. he knows his stuff and is better than Cesar by a long shot

read the book "Culture Clash"...a GREAT resource and easy read that will teach you things i guarantee you don't know now and change the way you think about dogs. written by a good friend

"training" is simply a fancy word for CONTROL.......anyone who cannot control their dog is a BAD trainer and anyone who can control their dog is a great one. the amount of tricks it knows is irrelevant

i've trained owners and their dogs for over 20 years. can't remember how many owners with dog problems told me they "had dogs all their lives", but couldn't control any of them LOL

off the soapbox....have fun and start learning NOW....then get a dog later
i guess there are still people that don't realize WHENEVER you own a dog, YOU will always be the primary trainer and the dog will learn most everything.....good or bad.....from YOU
  • therefore it should make good common sense to learn about dog behavior BEFORE you get one
  • a great place to start is volunteering at a shelter to help out doing anything just to get canine exposure. they always welcome volunteers and you will learn a lot about canine behavior first hand
  • a professional trainer will only assist - if they are REALLY good they will spend more time with YOU than the dog, so you can do it better
  • btw, @ Omerhaus is correct

get some videos from experts like Michael Ellis
DON'T rely on youtube videos until you check the background thoroughly, and if you can't don't bother watching them. at best they are "best of xxxxx highlight films" and never show the full story

watch Cesar on TV and learn a few general things but don't ever assume it's as simple as he makes it sound
watch that other TV show about the guy who boards/trains in San Diego, CA. he knows his stuff and is better than Cesar by a long shot

read the book "Culture Clash"...a GREAT resource and easy read that will teach you things i guarantee you don't know now and change the way you think about dogs. written by a good friend

"training" is simply a fancy word for CONTROL.......anyone who cannot control their dog is a BAD trainer and anyone who can control their dog is a great one. the amount of tricks it knows is irrelevant

i've trained owners and their dogs for over 20 years. can't remember how many owners with dog problems told me they "had dogs all their lives", but couldn't control any of them LOL

off the soapbox....have fun and start learning NOW....then get a dog later
Hello, Rick.
Thank you for your response, it's been nearly 6 months and I'm still researching. Learning new things always excites me, and I'm still trying to interact with dog owners, trainers, and watch training videos. Do you think a beginner like me can train a puppy like a malinois by watching videos?
 
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