There are so many sources of dog training out there, and sadly much of this advice is just NOT healthy or safe for your dog.
Let's break down the top 3 common mistakes I see as a behavioral trainer.
#1 Taking a shy puppy or dog to the dog park to socialize.
Just don't do it! This is a recipe for disaster. You have no way of knowing the social skills of the other dogs that are present, you cannot control the other dogs, and in many cases, people bring dogs that are aggressive to the dog park to "fix" them. Your best solution is to find a suitable, social playmate that can help bring out the "play" in your pup. This is best done with the supervision and guidance of a professional.
#2 Chase after and punish a dog who steals something.
If you chase, without realizing it, you add value to the item. This causes your dog to want to keep it even more, which could lead to other issues such as aggression and a potential dog bite. So what do you...