Punishing your dog: when, how, what to do and what not to do

Scolding one's dog is part of the masters' daily routine. The question now is whether they did it properly and whether the punishment really had the desired effect. Here are a few tips to learn how to punish your doggie properly.

Punishing your dog


Why scold his dog?
Even if reprimanding your domestic companion always gives you a little twinge in your heart, don't forget that punishment is also an integral part of his education. Otherwise, anarchy can quickly set in between you and your dog. It will then be very difficult for you to get obedience and respect.

Laxity and being too permissive with your pet can lead to behavioural problems. Worse, your dog will start to take the law into his own home. And in order to regain control of the situation, you'll have no choice but to seek professional help for his rehabilitation.

The best thing to do is to start as early as possible so that your puppy can quickly learn the difference between right and wrong. Even if he's only a few months old, don't be afraid to scold him when he does something wrong. At the same time, you'll also be enforcing the house rules by making sure your puppy knows his limits. This is simply essential if you want a balanced and healthy relationship with your dog. This will make living together much better.

The art and manner of punishment
However, even though punishments are useful, they should not be abused by scolding your dog. The reprimand must be both fair and well-founded. It is also out of the question to mistreat your dog, as the animal may lose his confidence in you and your relationship will suffer as a result. And so that the doggie understands that he has done something wrong, always punish him at time T. Don't even delay a minute because the animal won't understand. The risk is that the doggie will not be able to associate your action with the stupidities he has just done and will consider your displeasure as malice towards him. On the other hand, in order for him to record once and for all the prohibitions, reminders to order will be necessary each time he reproduces the same bad behaviour.

The mistake to be avoided is sometimes to let the nonsense flow out of fatigue or pure laziness. By alternating hot and cold, but especially by contradicting you, your dog will be confused and will end up losing his bearings. Be firm. Also, so that there is no ambiguity, always adopt the same tone when you are taking your dog back.

For every mistake, a specific order
Often, the dog also stubbornly repeats the same nonsense because he has not really understood what his master expected of him. Hence the importance of using only precise and short orders that the canine will be able to understand, but above all, execute easily. When the dog has not behaved well and by dint of regularly repeating "go basket", "stay down" or "do not touch", you will see that he will gradually assimilate your commands.

Otherwise, just like the rewards you give your pet when it is obedient, the punishment must also be commensurate with the seriousness of the stupidity. Fortunately, masters have a wide range of punishments to apply when the pet has not behaved well.

However, because of their effectiveness, vocal reprimands are still the most common. Indeed, dogs always react instantly to their owner's voice, especially if there is a change in tone. Ignorance and selflessness are also used a lot by handlers, especially in puppy training.

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