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Discipline Your Dog Instead
Of Punishing Him
Before correcting a dog
behavior we need to look at certain things. Too often, dogs do not
understand why they are receiving punishment or
which behavior produced the punishment. Dog owners attribute
unrealistic reasoning abilities far beyond the animal's mental
The dog owner may believe the dog knew what he was doing
wrong because he had the "guilty" look on his face when the owner
yelled, "WHAT IS THIS ON THE FLOOR!" while pointing to a mess. This
type of dog training doesn't work.
The belief that the dog knew better incites the owner to severely
punish him despite the fact that the destruction occurred several hours
before the owner got home. The dog connects the punishment with the
owner coming home, not with the misbehavior that took place several
hours ago. The next day, the owner is prepared to find a mess,
and the first thing he or she does upon arriving home is search the
house for evidence of dog damage.
The posture of an owner searching for a pile of unmentionables is not
at all friendly and loving. The owner's hunched over shoulders
and wiggling nose, searching for a mess, make the person look mean and
contorted and is not ideal for correcting dog behaviors. The
verbal greeting may go something like, "So what did you destroy
today?" The "guilty" look is the dog's response to the owner's
The dog is remembering previous inexplicable punishment. In his
mind, greeting the owner at the door will result to punishment.
The dog forgot about the mess that he made hours ago. Punishing
your pet long after the crime has been committed, rather than during or
immediately after the act, has no purpose other than to confuse or make
the dog fearful.
Many owners report that they do not even suspect a problem when they
walk in the door, and yet the dog still looks guilty. Maybe there
have been enough messes for the dog to realize that a mess on the floor
is a good indication that a correction is approaching when the owner
gets home. However, the dog simply does not have the ability to
connect that refraining from chewing at noon will prevent a punishment
at 5:30 pm.
There is no evidence to suggest that dogs deliberately misbehave to
make their owners angry. Dogs misbehave because they were not
taught proper behavior, or they are bored, frustrated, and anxious, to
name a few reasons. Dogs chew, bark, etc., to satisfy their
immediate needs and emotions, not to spite their owners. Dogs
want to please their owners and not spite them.
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Discipline Your Dog Instead Of Punishing