Puppy Training – Should I Use Corrections Or Not?

Dog training has a dark side. What is the dark side? Improper use of corrections. Whether you use collar corrections, ear pinches, shock, or verbal corrections the improper use of the correction can damage the training and even harm your dog.

Puppies Should Never Be Physically Corrected

From the time they are born until around 3 months puppies are in various stages of development. One slip up can cause the puppy to view the world harshly, something to be afraid of, or fun, something to be curious about and enjoy. Correcting a puppy can easily cause them to become suspicious, fearful, and can lead to aggression as an adult.

Even if they use the bathroom in your home you should not physically correct the dog. First, it is 100% natural for a puppy to urinate and poo. Second, correcting them doesn’t teach them anything.

Even if you catch the puppy going potty in the house you should not physically correct or use harsh verbal corrections. Simply give them a cue, “outside,” pick them up and take them out to use the bathroom. If they have already finished, do it anyway. The point here is to teach the puppy to go outside when they have to go to the bathroom, not to run from you from fear of being hit, yelled at or having their nose rubbed in it.

When you approach training your puppy using positive reinforcement, that is you add something desirable to reward them, and negative punishment, that is, you remove something desirable to punish them, your puppy will learn to behave without harsh corrections.

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Easy Training For Your Puppy

Usually, the same concept applies when it comes to training your puppy or teenage dog, If you are consistent with showing your pet right from wrong, you will never have problems. Whether it’s teaching them to pee outside or to sit and stay in one place. Whatever the case, you must remember to let your dog know and understand that you are the boss. There are many methods in doing this work, as well as methods that don’t work.

Understanding How to Communicate With The Pet

Physically punishing your dog damages and scars its physiology. In doing this, your pet could develop anger problems, in turn taking out its anger on other animals and even people. The key is understanding how to communicate with your pet. Dogs are very responsive to the human voice. By changing your inflections and tones, you can get a variety of reactions from your dog.

An encouraging word will set off a barrage of joyful barks or a series of frenzied tail-wags. Speak hard to him, and he’ll become miserable, perhaps cringing before you or slinking away. You may have a care how some dogs back away from a loud or hard-voiced person. Some dogs may even get away and hide if a voice “hits” them the wrong way. Always use a firm tone when justifying their wrong behaviors.

Rewarding The Pet

Rewarding your pet is better than punishing it for several reasons, but punishing your pet does have its place. The word “punishment” conjures up a lot of negative connotations in people’s minds. When punishing a dog on a puppy, the traditional methods involve a lot of negative circumstances: slapping the dog’s muzzle, sharp leash corrections, alpha rolls, and so on. This is not the way to punish a dog for incorrect behavior, this …

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