12 People Who Had Bad Dog Trainers Reveal The Red Flags They Couldn't Ignore

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Dog lovers: vote up the absolute worst trainer red flags.

Pets can be jerks. Which is why they need to be trained! But training is an art and it's important that you have the right teacher so you avoid repeating these bad dog trainer stories. If you want to be able to recognize dog trainer red flags then read these Redditor's unfortunate run-ins with awful trainers.

  • 1
    6 VOTES

    They Believed The Best Way To Handle Aggression Is To Get Aggressive

    From Redditor u/kippey:

    I like the old nugget, "If your dog acts aggressive, wrestle them down, em to the floor and stick your face right up close to its teeth!"

    6 votes
  • 2
    4 VOTES

    They Said Not To Let Their Dog Touch Them

    From Redditor u/pipnwig:

    All that infinite "alpha dog training" bullsh*t ruined our dog for years. My favorite? They told us to never let our fearful, shivering dog touch us or sit up against us because he was trying to dominate us with his body contact. I think that was the first time I realized something was wrong with these people.

    4 votes
  • 3
    3 VOTES

    They Suggested They Use A Shock Collar

    From Redditor u/klarnox:

    Ooh, this was just a few weeks ago. In a tone of voice practically dripping with disdain: "You're not using a shock collar to train your dog? Good luck... You'll never get him to obey without one." (note, my puppy is a beagle)

    I then watched this person's two "fully trained" 2 & 4-year-old dogs only respond to any commands when their collar was "buzzed" for the full day we spent together.


    3 votes
  • 4
    3 VOTES

    They Told Them To Force Their Dog To Lay Down In The Presence Of A Cat

    From Redditor u/Sydbobyd:

    I was once told to make my dog lay down on her side in the presence of cats so that she learns to submit to them.

    3 votes
  • 5
    3 VOTES

    They Said Women Can't Train Dogs Well Because They Can't Be The "Alpha"

    From Redditor u/RustikTie:

    I adopted a puppy last year.

    We assumed he had a hard life during his first months as he has a fear of people, especially men, and sometimes lowers his head when you raise your hand to pet him (he's been improving a lot lately).

    Well, my uncle told me my dog wouldn't listen as much to me as he would my brother because I am a woman, therefore a can't be the "alpha". Also that if you kick him, you'll assert dominance and he'll still come back because dogs are stupid.

    This man grew up with dogs.

    I'm not leaving my sweetie with him unsupervised.

    3 votes
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    3 VOTES

    They Suggested Biting The Dog's Ear To Establish "Dominance"

    From Redditor u/fervious:

    I was told to bite my dog's ear whenever she messed up, to establish "dominance".

    3 votes