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Many people still believe that it’s a good idea to slap their dog on the muzzle in order to control or teach the discipline in dogs. However, the truth is, if you beat, hit or spank your dog then it won’t work at all because these are all useless tactics. You should know that whenever your dog gets pain in these areas it may rather backfire.
All these tactics are not followed these days, but some people give pain by using a shock collar or poking the dog with the finger. These people believe that pain will surely discourage or stop the dog from doing unwanted things. But as a dog owner, we all should understand that, dogs are animals & it’s completely natural for them to things that doesn’t make any sense. We the owners sometimes want something that goes against their nature. If we want an obedient dog then we must use reward stimulation and training programme, not those negative punishment. Many vets have claimed that, a lot of dog owners had a negative experience when they tried to control the dog by using the negative tactics.
Best way to punish a dog?
First of all, think about this, if your parents punish you physically, then you would feel pain & become insecure & thus you may start to dislike your parents. This is exactly what happens to the dogs, whenever you go with the negative tactics, the dog feels insecure deep inside & sometimes they start ignoring you & sometimes they may act aggressively toward the owner. Pain makes them insecure at first, but when they feel too insecure they will attack you to protect themselves. No matter whatever your dog does, you should never think about punishing the dog. Hitting a dog for discipline will only work for a short period of time, but also cause negative behavior from the dog.
Punishing a dog not only creates negative problems but it may create a hidden hate among them.
In many cases, it is noticed that, using the negative tactics also causes submissive urination and very poor self-esteem in dogs. Some dogs become so scared just because of this that they start ignoring the owner & run away every time by seeing the owner. Many dogs have gone missing because of this type of issue.
All dogs want the love and affection from their owners. The owners seem to be everything to the dogs. Whenever the owner uses negative tactics, it actually hurts them deep inside. Thus the friendship of pure love between the dog and the owners hurts. Dogs are meant to be our friend so if you can’t a good relationship with your dog then what’s the point of adopting a dog?
What can you do?
Whenever the dog something that you do not like, first of all, you should not panic at all, yet it might be frustrating. Instead of using pain you should reward your dog with a treat. Also keep in mind that, if you yell at your dog when doing something negative, the dog will think that you are just joining him in doing that, thus the whole situation may turn into a chaos. To get the best result you can take your dog to the trainers. Many dogs are seen to have a completely positive behavior after coming back from the dog trainers. Dog trainers normally encourage a behavior by using the positive stimulus and they also remove the stimulus to stop or discourage bad behaviors in dogs.
How do you discipline a dog?
Often people want to know what are the best ways of correcting bad dog behavior?
Instead of using negative tactics here are some useful tips which will help you in correcting bad dog behavior.
- If your dog chews your shoes or socks, then simply just take the thing away by saying no
- Your dog sees you as a leader so make sure you guide him properly
- Teach your dog what is acceptable and what is not without using negative tactics
- If the dog chews any of your precious things then replace this habit by giving a chew toy. When he finds something to chew then he is less likely to do that.
- When your dog doesn’t listen to you give him the favorite toys.
- When the dog does something positive, reward him with treats this will reduce the negative behavior over the time.
Also, keep in mind that all these tactics will not improve bad behavior in dogs overnight. You should have patience & be consistent with these tactics then you can discipline without hitting
How to discipline a barking dog
To decline a barking dog first you need to know that, a dog bark excessively for two reasons when they are very excited or too scared. If the dog is excited then give him treats, & if too scared then find & remove the thing that he considers to be the threat.
I hit my dog out of anger?
Well if you hit your dog, then just take some time, take your dog on the lap be sincere with the dog & praise him with treats. After some time dog will overcome it.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.