In theory, we think we know how to make our dog understand that he has misbehaved, that he cannot repeat a behavior, but in practice, we involuntarily make very common mistakes. We tell you how to avoid them!
In today’s society, our relationship with dogs has become so close that many of us consider them not only part of the family but also our children. It is as a result of this assumption, this very wrong assertion when our problems begin with that partner, that pet that we love so much.
In this article, we will focus on what happens when we do not set limits or we scold our pet and in the most common wrong ways of doing it.
In the first place, how we do with people, whether they are friends, partners, family, etc. we must put limits on our dog. These are unwritten rules, little red lines that should not be crossed and that should be respected both on the street and at home.
If our dog does not follow a discipline to respect the limits, we will end up having, sooner rather than later, a despotic, chaotic and anarchic dog, without any order in his life, that does what he wants at every moment whether it’s pulling a leash, barking, biting hands, climbing on the table, urinating at home, jumping on top of guests, etc.
In this way, not placing limitations on our friend’s behavior, not correcting his behavior when necessary, will contribute to the worsening of his character and a notable deterioration in his quality of life since, if he misbehaves in many situations, why Where can I take it with me? What interesting activities can you enjoy with me? None.
At this point and being aware of the need to change our daily routine through the implementation of new rules, we must consider which methods are wrong and which are not.
We will talk about the four most common mistakes we make when punishing our dog and we will present their respective correct variants.
Try to explain ourselves with words.
The most common mistake is trying to explain in words to my dog that he has done it wrong as if he had the ability to understand the meaning of my sentences.
In the same way that, when we want him to sit down, we saw an order of the type “sit” When we want him to stop doing something, we will have to introduce a word of the type “no” with an angry tone, so that he understands that it is not an action desired by us.
If necessary, we can associate a negative consequence, by way of fright (and never from the physical plane) to that “no”.
2.- Try to intimidate our dog.
Another of our mistakes is usually trying to intimidate our dog, or even humiliate it, when it comes to fighting.
This conduct is neither moral nor effective.
When it comes to punishing, we must do it as the dogs themselves do: quickly, electrically and, the next moment, continue with what we were doing, downplaying what happened. Thus, we will avoid staring at him after having scolded him. We want you to understand the punishment, not to traumatize you.
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Using the wrong tone and consequence.
Third, and no less often, many of us try to scold our friend with a “no” but both the tone we use and the negative consequence with which we try to associate it are incorrect.
We fall into the error of fighting jokingly and even using our hands to punish (he will consider it a game). Thus, although we try to stop a behavior, what we are causing is that it repeats it more times and better because we are involuntarily rewarding it for doing something that it should not.
To re-educate ourselves in this regard, let’s take a look at the solution proposed in the first section.
4.- Scold after a time of the action.
Scolding a dog when a time has passed not only is useless but will cause confusion in our animal, who does not understand why we are scolding him.
Dogs cannot associate our punishment with something they have done a long time ago and will therefore feel confused and lost.
Our “no” to incorrect behavior of our dog must be immediate to action.
As a conclusion, let us bear in mind that, to have a stable and emotionally healthy dog, we must intercalate rewards and corrections. Thus, our friends will understand what to do and what is not allowed and every day we will reward more and punish less. In addition, we will have managed to improve communication with him, and both he and we will be happier and enjoy our moments together.
What is your dog’s reaction when you scold him? Is it an obedient dog that understands when something is not supposed to do it? On the contrary, is it difficult for you to make him understand that his behavior cannot be repeated? Tell us!