How to Discipline a Dog for Bad Behavior
Raising a puppy is somehow a tricky business but raising an untrained dog is a real nervy job.
Dogs always have a lot to learn; they sometimes repeat actions or behaviors to test the limits. Timely correction can minimize the risk of indiscipline and helps the dog to understand their boundaries.
One thing you should consider before you get the thought of spanking, beating or punishing your furry friend is that he is that dogs do not repeat the bad behavior to annoy you, but because they have no idea what makes happy. So, all you need to do is to improve your communication with your pooch and deliver the message in an accurate way
Dogs learn through training.
- Dogs repeat actions and behaviors that earn them good results
- They quit habits that get them bad consequences
This means, there are two necessary steps to discipline a dog without hitting.
- React to Bad Behavior
- Reward for Good Behavior
React to Bad Behavior
1. Start Training from Early Age
To get the best possible results from the conditioning and training, start it as soon as you bring the puppy home.Teaching your dog tricks always better whatsoever is the age of your dog but starting from early age has some advantages commonly puppies learn things very fastly.
2. Be Consistent
Keep a check on doggy’s behavior and correct it whenever he misbehaves. But be consistent while you respond to bad behavior because inconsistency can make your dog confused and the learning process can be affected.
For example, your pup jumps when you prepare him for food, and you command him to stop. Then he begins to jump on neighbors, and you keep quiet. This will make him confuse when or when not to jump. Next time
He might take your commands for granted.
3. Distract to Draw Attention
If you find your canine friend involved in an unwanted activity and putting a deaf ear to your orders, then make a loud noise of any kind, a yell, whop on the table or anything that can distract the dog. You can use this trick to distract him from the action and draw his attention to you.
Right after saying no, say sit. This gives your dog something else to do other than the bad thing. I’ve also found it effective just to say sit to your dog. Usually, when they sit, they can no longer do whatever it is you didn’t like.
As soon as you say ‘NO’ in a loud and clear voice, give a ‘SIT’ command. Once you’ve drawn his attention by the no a full NO command, give him something to do directly. A simple NO might also be confusing if given alone. So, it is a better idea to give and redirect command so that a dog has the order to follow and a reason to stop the unwanted behavior.
5. Show Dominance
To make a command followed, sometimes we need to remind the pet that which is the boss here. To reinforce this, push the puppy over for a brief period, onto his back and lean over him. Be gentle and show no sign of anger, this show your dominance over him.
Dogs are social beings; they cannot take your ignorance for long. Use this method to teach discipline. Give your command and then if he does not follow, ignore him completely. He will soon return to you to get your attention and this time you make the command and get desired results.
Reward for Good Behavior!
Find out What Motivates Your Puppy
Dogs are very social living beings; they love to get care, attention and time from their masters. Even a small pet on their back, an affectionate rub or a special toy can make their day. Find out what give your real dog pleasure and use this to teach him discipline.
Whenever your puppy behaves well, fulfills command and act appropriately reward him with the action. Be consistent with it, so your dog makes a positive association with the behavior. The idea is to deliver the message that ‘good behavior brings good results.’
Set Up a Routine
Making a routine is an essential and necessary step of discipline training of a puppy. Just like, kids, puppies do best when they’re given a schedule. So, routinize mealtime, potty time, and outing time, etc.
Once you have set up a routine, make sure everything goes accordingly. After a few days of consistency, your dog will learn to act in a routine, and this is the first step towards discipline.
Refrain from Punishment
Punishing, spanking or beating your dog for bad behavior are aversive techniques we strongly recommend to AVOID these techniques. Your dog may make negative associations with this and can become more aggressive at times.
Correction is rather a better and more efficient option in this scenario. What is the difference between punishment and correction?
A correction is made at the time of action; a punishment comes when the action is done.
If your dog is jumping on strangers, you should correct him at the moment by giving a command to sit. And when he sits, make sure you praise his gesture and reward him.
How to Stop Dog from Biting
There are two very effective ways to prevent puppy biting.
Social Isolation: Give an “NO!” command in a loud and firm voice every time your puppy bites. Then ignore your pooch for some time. This method can prove to be an effective form of penalty for a young doggy.
Prompt Reaction: Make a loud yelping sound when the puppy bites. It may seem strange, but litter puppies do so if a play-partner bites too hard during the play and the other leaves
By following all you will be seeing your beloved dog to act in a good way and following your taught lessons. In this way you will discipline your pooch and get rid of unwanted behavior. It will feel little harden in the beginning but sooner or later it will be your trade. It’s important to go though this process and control your dog behavior rightly.
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