Avoid These Common Mistakes

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 26, 2023) – Zoom Room, the leading indoor dog training gym, is thrilled to announce its recent feature in PureWow, a popular consumer lifestyle publication. Published on May 29, 2023, the article titled “This Dog Trainer Is Begging People to Stop Using This One-Word Command” highlights expert advice from Hannah Gillihan, a Certified Dog Trainer at Zoom Room.

The feature focuses on common mistakes dog owners make during training sessions, particularly the use of the word “OK” as a command. Gillihan explains that this word can be confusing for dogs due to its multiple meanings and frequent use in human conversations.

“Being featured on PureWow underscores Zoom Room’s commitment to educating dog owners on best practices for training,” said Mark Van Wye, CEO of Zoom Room. “Our trainers are dedicated to helping pet parents bridge the gap between their skills and their dogs’ understanding, making the training process more effective and enjoyable for both.”

Key insights from the article include:

  • Avoid Using “OK”: Gillihan advises against using “OK” as a release word, as it can confuse dogs and hinder their training progress.
  • Alternative Commands: Instead of “OK,” Gillihan recommends using distinct words like “release,” “free,” or phrases like “to me” that are less commonly used in daily conversations.
  • Consistency is Key: Gillihan emphasizes the importance of consistency in commands, especially when using phrases like “leave it.”
  • Reward Good Behavior: Gillihan suggests rewarding dogs with high-value treats like cheese or deli meat for obeying commands, reinforcing positive behavior.

The article also provides additional tips for dog owners, including the importance of choosing specific, unique release words and the need for consistency in training.

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Established in 2007, Zoom Room® is a venture-backed and revolutionary indoor dog training gym, recently recognized as one of the Top 40 fastest-growing consumer service brands in the United States per the Inc 5000 list. Zoom Room’s mission is to deepen the bond and communication between dogs and their human companions through its focus on socialization, positive reinforcement, human education, and interactive learning. Accolades include rankings on Entrepreneur‘s Franchise 500 list and their esteemed list of Top Franchises for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. They are also the authors of the best-selling dog training book, Puppy Training in 7 Easy Steps and Ultimate Puppy Training for Kids. Committed to social responsibility, Zoom Room celebrates responsible pet owners and actively collaborates with animal rescue and welfare organizations at both local and national levels. Discover more about how Zoom Room is redefining the pet industry at https://zoomroom.com/.