There is no debate on whether to teach a puppy the discipline or not! Of course, you have to! It’s a mandatory process from which you can’t spare yourself. In fact, you shouldn’t. To train your puppies or other pets is a beautiful journey where you can get a chance to gel up with your dog and spend some quality time together. It’s indeed precious for you, but it might be more precious for your pooch – IF you have done it right and the most generous way possible.
Your dogs are like your babies. They don’t see you as a master but as a parent. If you don’t treat them well, they feel it and get hurt instantly. Whenever you scold them or punish them, they become more and more anxious. It’s essential not to scare your dog when someone is around.
On the one hand, they should feel free, but on the other hand, it’s evident that you have to take a few strict actions so that they behave well and become quite sensible and responsible dogs. So, what to do? This article is about the ideas on how to discipline a dog in a way that both – you and your beloved pooch – feel good and super positive. Read further to get some exciting ideas.
You will be surprised to know how fast a dog can learn new things when he is young. When you start teaching the puppies about the good and bad behaviors, they take it seriously and try not to disappoint you. Initially, they also crave your attention and praise. So, recognize their efforts when they do something right or positive. Give them treats or show some physical affection. You can also praise them verbally, saying ‘now that’s like a good boy’ or ‘well done, darling.’
Try to Correct the Mistakes
If your pooch doesn’t understand the difference between a good act and a bad act, then try to correct him without raising your voice. Try more positive ways, such as a loud clap when he does something wrong. Once he is completely distracted, redirect him to something not that bad such as chewing his toy or running in the backyard. You can apply this correcting or redirecting process for any activity you think is inappropriate, even when he is misbehaving while walking.
Not Giving Attention
Dogs are basically an attention seeker. They love to be in front of your eyes and always need your pats and praise. Even after trying to correct him for days, if they don’t obey your orders, then you should start avoiding them when they misbehave. They must take your advice seriously when you want to teach them proper behavior. So, when they don’t, leave the room after giving expressions such as ‘oh’ or ‘not good.’ Your dog will soon realize that he has made you feel bad and now he will lose some playing time with you. Believe it or not, that’s the last thing he wanted to do!
Figure Out the Reasons
The dogs don’t misbehave without any reason. If your dog started misbehaving without any particular trigger, then you have to put some effort to understand their state of mind. Know why they suddenly started chewing the sofa or shoes, why they are biting the curtains, or why they don’t stop growling at strangers. Before taking any strict action, scolding, or punishing them, see what bothers them. This way, you will soon realize if your pooch is bored, anxious, scared, or hungry, and help him to calm or relax. You can also remove/reduce some triggers, which might be the reason behind the wrong behaviors.
For any dog owner, it’s imperative to teach the pets’ bite inhibition.’ Biting is bad behavior and the dogs must know that they have to control it as soon as possible. Let them realize that biting can hurt people, even when they do it in a friendly manner. To improvise their behavior, you can give a high-pitched yelp when they hold your hand or other body parts in their mouth. When your dog pinches it or trying to bite sharply, remove your hand even if you don’t feel pain. You can also stop playing for some time or leave the room. They will learn that biting is a bad thing, and you don’t encourage it.
Keep Your Dog Active
It’s a fact that dogs get bored quickly. When they are feeling low, they start barking more and start doing irritating activities. An active dog doesn’t get bored quickly and stays fit and fresh throughout the day. If the dogs stay inside the house almost every day, then they will not stop jumping here and there and keep barking. Try to take your dog on a walk or run outside for at least an hour every day to keep him healthy and active. It can brighten his mood and help him to stay calm. Also, establish simple routines such as urinating at the same spot each time, eat/play at the predetermined hours, etc.
Physical Punishment is a Big No-No!
The experts suggest that punishing your puppy physically, such as hitting, kicking, or even growling, actually increases aggression in your puppy. It may also cause tension between you and your beloved dog. Even when your dog is at his peak of bad behavior, you should never allow yourself to use physical punishment to correct bad habits or behaviors. Such punishments can injure your dog even if you are not too harsh and can permanently ruin your relationship with your cute little pooch. Instead, understand the triggers that motivate your puppy to avoid the bad stuff and pick up the good ones.
Make House Rules and Keep Them Visible
It’s essential to make specific rules related to pets that must be followed by all the family members or people living in the house. When it comes to training a puppy or any other pet, consistency plays a significant role. If there are a few members who keep pampering a dog too much or extremely strict, then it affects the dog and gives mixed signals. So, it’s better to set the ground rules such as ‘don’t give free treats’ or ‘avoid physical punishment’ etc. Hang it somewhere where members can read it and follow it. This way, all of you can assert your leadership, and your dog will start obeying you all.
Take Professional Help
Even after trying all these methods, you still think that your dog needs to improve his behavior in a better way, then don’t wait for even a single day. Consult professional experts or Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). You can also try attending training sessions that can teach how you can train your pets. Not only trainers, but even the vets can also help you understand why your canine behaves in a certain way! Keep calm, control your emotions and mainly anger, and ask the experts about underlying physical causes for your dog’s negative behavior. Have patience and be supportive.
The Bottom Line
Disciplining a dog can be tough, but you know how important it is! After all, you are helping him to become the best version of himself. When you will grow old and look back at your life, you will smile wide, remembering this time of your life. I hope this article helps you to train your dog more effectively and positively.