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Punishing your dog: when, how, what to do and what not to do?

Scolding your dog is part of your daily life. The question now is to know if they did it right and if the punishment really had the desired effect. Here are some tips on how to properly punish your dog.

Why scold your dog?

Even if scolding your pet gives you a twinge of guilt every time, don't forget that punishments are also an integral part of his education. Otherwise, anarchy could quickly set in between you and your dog. It will then be very difficult for you to be obeyed and respected.

Being too lax and permissive with your pet can lead to behavioral problems. Worse, your dog will start to act out in the home. And to get control of the situation again, you'll have no choice but to turn to a professional to handle his rehabilitation.

It's best to start as early as possible so that your puppy can tell the difference between right and wrong very quickly. Even if he's only a few months old, don't be afraid to scold him when he does something wrong. At the same time, you should also set the rules of the house by making it clear where the limits are. This is simply essential if you want a balanced and healthy relationship with your dog. The cohabitation will only be better.

The art and manner of punishment

However, even if punishments are useful, you should not abuse them by scolding your dog indiscriminately. The reprimand must be both fair and well-founded. It is not a question of mistreating your dog, since he could lose his confidence in you and your relationship would suffer. And so that your pet understands that it has made a mistake, always punish it at the moment. Don't delay even a minute because your pet won't understand. The risk is that the doggie won't be able to associate your gesture with the nonsense he has just done and that he will consider your displeasure as malice towards him. On the other hand, in order for him to learn once and for all what is forbidden, he will need to be reminded each time he repeats the same bad behavior.

The mistake not to make is to sometimes let the nonsense go because of fatigue or pure laziness. By alternating hot and cold, but especially by contradicting you, your dog will be confused and will end up losing his bearings. Be firm. In addition, to avoid any misunderstanding, always use the same tone of voice when you are correcting your dog.

For each mistake, a precise order

Often, the dog will repeat the same nonsense because he has not really understood what his owner wants from him. Hence the importance of using only precise and short commands that the dog will be able to understand, but especially to execute easily. When the dog has not behaved well and by dint of regularly repeating the "go basket", "stay down" or "no touching", you will see that he will assimilate little by little your orders.

Otherwise, just like the rewards you give your pet when he is obedient, the punishment must also be commensurate with the seriousness of the mistake. Fortunately, there is a wide range of punishments available to owners when your pet is not behaving properly.

However, because of their effectiveness, vocal reprimands are still the most common. Indeed, dogs always react instantly to their owner's voice, especially if there is a change in tone. Ignorance and disinterest are also used a lot by handlers, especially in puppy training.