There is much talk about dog education, but rarely talk about how it should be taught. There is a very thin line between correction and other actions that can be harmful to your pet, so we tell you when a reprimand leads to bad behavior in dogs.
It is important, as in raising children, to reprimand pets when they act improperly. Otherwise, they will consider their actions to be appropriate and continue to commit the offense more frequently. However, punishments must be proportionate and never excessive.
Set a strategy
Generally, physical punishment corresponds to incapacity or the absence of a strategy that allows you to cut bad habits. So it is best to develop one that allows your pet to understand when he is doing something wrong.
It is very important that your pet associates a certain reprimand with the action he has committed or is committing. Therefore, this should be something repetitive and at moment the dog commits the foul.
Some strategies you can use are:
- Use your voice saying a loud No! Dogs do not understand words, but they understand moods and different shades, which is a form similar to their grunt language.
- Use something that makes a lot of noise, for example, a rolled newspaper, but do not use it to hit the dog, but some surface and that it is surprised.
- Use your body language, try to encircle him when he does something you don’t like and corner him by walking towards him and blocking his way.
- Have it lie with the belly up. This is the way dogs demonstrate submission to alpha.
- Use positive reinforcement when the dog does something right.
Promoting bad behaviors
Physical or excessive punishments tend to damage your pet’s self-esteem and make you distrustful. For example, one of the most common forms of misconduct motivated by excessive reprimands is where the pet should urinate.
Many caregivers often lose their temper when the dog, especially if it is an adult, urinates or defecates where it should not. However, the use of violence or shouting that creates in them is a fear of doing their needs in front of the caregiver, so the problem is aggravated because the dog will hide to do them.
In this case, what should be done is to mark the spaces where the dog can urinate, for example, using a newspaper lined in his own urine and leave it in the yard or where you determine that he can do it. Every time you see the dog urinating where it shouldn’t, charge it and take it to the place you have marked. This will take longer but will have better long-term results.
Likewise, it is important to determine the origin of certain behaviors. For example, many of the destructive attitudes or excessive barking that pets develop come from a state of accumulation of stress or boredom.
Instead of reprimanding him try taking him for a walk or playing with him. Spend quality time with your pet, as a tired dog will usually remain calmer than one that maintains accumulated energy.
The same goes for aggressiveness. This is often the result of bad teaching, confinement, abuse or isolation processes. Let your dog play with other pets, take it out often and let it meet other humans. This will create a more social and balanced dog.
In general, the basis of dog education is in the reinforcement of positive attitudes, whether with food, toys or caresses. There is a wide variety of teaching and training methods that you can consult, so do not hesitate to ask an expert or your veterinarian. The most important thing in this process is your patience, rigor, and firmness, but affection also plays a crucial role. Remember that everything has a measure and think that the reprimands that you impose on your pet should be well justified.