You want to love your dog, and you want the animal to love you. Instead of hitting, use the same tactics you would on a child.
Explain to the animal what he did wrong, and then put him in time out. This could be putting him in his crate along with no association with you. You could use your voice to refocus the dog’s attention. By that, we mean giving him a sharp “No!”, and then in a normal voice telling him what to do instead, just like you would instruct a child. Taking away his toys for a short time also works, as well as taking away your attention. These things make the dog think, instead of putting fear into him.
Most people smack their pups on the butt or the nose when they’ve done a no-no on the floor or chewed up a favorite shoe. What you don’t realize is that the pup did the no-no hours ago. You came home from work and saw it, smacked the pup’s behind or worse, rubbed her nose in it. The pup doesn’t understand why she’s getting smacked. Now she’s afraid of you. When she sees you, she’s afraid of getting hit.
Then there is the case of the pup associating something with what she sees. This occurs when she can’t hold it any longer and pees on the floor where you can see her. You’re obviously going to yell at her, and possibly smack her butt. She’s going to think she shouldn’t pee in that spot. So she pees somewhere else. You yell at her and possibly smack her again. Now she thinks it’s wrong to pee anywhere you can see her, so she’s going to look for out of the way places to pee, where you can’t see her.
The pup is associating your anger with her peeing. The thing to do is take her outside a million times a day if that’s what it takes. Praise her, give her treats, and love on her when she pees outside. Now she understands that peeing in front of you is okay, but if she pees on the floor, she’ll get yelled at. Keep doing this until she understands that peeing outside in front of you is the right thing to do.
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The takeaway from this is that spanking the dog is counterproductive. When you think you’re instilling good habits in your dog, what you’re actually instilling is fear. When you think you’re teaching the dog, what you’re actually teaching is to do the same thing out of your sight so the dog will spare itself some pain. Hurting an animal turns it against you.
Much like small children, dogs learn better when they’re puppies. Everything is an adventure to a puppy: the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the softness, and a dozen other things make puppies explore. In order to teach the puppy the proper behavior, you must be watchful all the time. When you catch the pup chewing a shoe, use your voice to direct his attention to the right chew toy. Now he knows that chewing on shoes is a no-no, and he was taught using a positive voice (instead of a negative hitting response.)
Reward the habits you want the pup to adopt, such as peeing outside, chewing his chew toys, not biting your fingers when you play, not begging at the kitchen table, and so on. Reward the animal as he is engaged in the habits you want him to adopt, and he’ll understand better why you don’t want him to chew your shoes.
The dog wants your love an affection. He’ll do anything to get it. Make sure your rewards program is consistent above all things. If you praise and reward him one day for a good behavior and fail to do so the next day for the same behavior, then the dog will become confused and not know what to do to gain the attention he wants so badly.
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Additionally, while you don’t want to be a bully, you do want confidence. It’s like being told when riding a horse not to let it smell fear on you, or you’ll be thrown. The dog will hear a lack of confidence in your voice, feel it in the way the leash is held, and hear it in the voice commands you give. The confidence with which you speak and act gives the dog the confidence that you can and will protect him.
Last update on 2020-01-19