How To Correctly Punish Your Dog
By Steve H. Hendricks
Have you ever tried to discipline your dog? The answer here is yes. But how often has your dog then turned around and done the same exact behavior? The answer here is more than likely ‘a bunch’. Have you ever wondered why that is? Well, I am about to fill you in on how to fix this. Easy peasy style!
So the problem here is that you tell your dog what not to do. You punish them for their bad or wrong behavior. This is fine. In fact, it is what needs to be done to correct the behavior you do not want them to do anymore. However, this is where most people stop. They let the dog what not to do but not what they need to do. Which is to let the dog know what to do instead.
I’m sure that makes sense, right? After letting your dog know what not to do, you should share with them the correct behavior that you would like them to do. Duh!!
In fact, it’s even better if you just tell your dog what you want them to do instead. Whatever you decide to do, just remember, dogs don’t generalize well. This means that if your dog jumps up on someone to say hello and you tell them no, they may jump higher or to the left side instead of the right.
To correct this, simply tell them what you would like them to do instead. The benefits of using this method instead of simply telling them no would be that it would completely avoid any confusion on the dogs part.
I’m sure that you can see how confusing it can be to your dog when you want them to sit but all you tell them is no when they do not do it. So the big takeaway here would be to simply tell your dog the behavior that you would like them to do instead of telling them ‘no’.
Matter of fact, I actually have first hand experience with this particular dog training tactic. You see, in college I had a Rottweiler. She was the nicest dog you would ever meet and scared of literally everything. However, once she was familiar with you, she would always jump up to say hello and the end result would be drool everywhere!
At the time I thought it was hilarious! However, after a couple of ruined dates, I decided that enough was enough and it was time for a change (not to sound cheesy or anything).
So after several weeks of trying different training techniques and tactics, none of them seemed to stick. So once I started replacing the ‘no’ with what I wanted her to do instead, after just a couple of days we were good to go!
I know how powerful this particular dog training tip is and have seen it’s power in person. So I definitely recommend that you try this out for yourself and the power that is behind it!
Steve Hendricks is a dog owner and lover. He supports the proper training of dogs and encourages other to do the same. He recommends that everyone take advantage of these Free Dog Training videos found here.