To Punish or Not to Punish

Do you need to punish your dog when he gets a little too unruly and feisty? How do the ups and downs add up? What do we know about the dog’s psyche- That they loving and affectionate creatures that are faithful and loyal to us humans ; Are they just wolves who evolved into friendship with the […]

Do you need to punish your dog when he gets a little too unruly and feisty? How do the ups and downs add up?

What do we know about the dog’s psyche- That they loving and affectionate creatures that are faithful and loyal to us humans ;

Are they just wolves who evolved into friendship with the human race in ancient times but still have the wild tinge and ardour in

their blood?

 What we know for sure is that they are smart and show a huge variety of emotions and behaviour patterns. And we love

it when our adorable pet jumps into our arms to give us a hug or brings back a tossed ball waving his tail. But what if you come

home from work and find your gala dress all shredded to nano-sized pieces? Perhaps you would feel upset, and quite justifiably. And you just know that if actions aren’t taken, damaging of things will continue again and again.

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What should I do to prevent bad behaviour?

Be a leader. Show typical alpha behaviour in regard to your rules/expectations as soon as possible. Right at the pup stage.

You are the one who is responsible for your pet’s life, so as soon as you and your dog become friends, act firmly and

consistently but kind at the same time. As soon as your puppy is confident that you are his chief, he becomes a happier dog that

feels no doubt. Make certain that the law book rules supreme – feeding schedule, place for sleep et al.

Punishment or adjustment?

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There is a difference between punishing a dog for bad actions and correcting his behaviour.

Correction is taking measures during the action immediately.

Punishment is an act of force that comes during the action or after it.

For example, when you come  into the living room and see that someone chewed your coach and bite marks suspiciously match

with your dog’s teeth shape, you might become a little anxious and shout or give him a slap. First of all the pet won’t understand a

connection between your fury and his past deeds, and second, his trust in you will decrease.

Mastering the Right Approach

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One of the most effective methods is taking away something that is valuable for your pet for a period – This could be his favourite toy, his favourite treat or that much desired attention of yours.

 You should always correct behaviour immediately, in real time. For example, if your puppy gets nasty and snappy during a feeding time, try to announce ‘stay’ command and wait till he calms down.  In that way, you will show him that calm means ‘eating favourite snacks’  and biting means ‘waiting’.

If in his games the puppy  crosses all boundaries, starts biting and barking aggressively,  than just turn your back on him for fifteen seconds.

If this is not enough, you can put your pet into the room where he won’t have any company and leave him there for thirty seconds.

It is not recommended to leave your pooch alone for more than a minute.

Soon your pet will understand that for biting and aggression he would be deprived of his human’s attention and treats. And that by being an obedient dog, he’ll have it back.

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To prevent your pets unruly behaviour  DO MORE EXERCISE with them !

It is proved that there is an irrefutable connection between a dog’s episodes of bad behaviour and a lack of enough physical exertion.

With a the right approach to your dog’s behaviour adjustment and  by giving your pet an opportunity to get rid of naturally produced energy, you will be a happy dog owner.

  

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Updated: May 5, 2017.

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