Dogs of all ages frequently get into mischief, such as peeing inside the house or digging holes under rose bushes in the garden. Although animal abuse is illegal and unacceptable, some forms of punishment can be effective in discouraging such harmful behaviour.
Lifting the animal by the neck without using force
This method of punishment is mainly used for very young puppies, as it mimics the punishment that their mother would apply. For the first two to three months, the mother is responsible for training the puppy, including housebreaking and bite control.
The puppy's mother has only her mouth to correct the puppy's bad behaviour. To punish, she lifts the puppy by the scruff of the neck. If the puppy has not been weaned too early, he will understand this correction perfectly.
To the basket!
However, this method of punishment is for dogs that already have a good grounding in training. If the dog does something wrong, one solution is to send it to its basket or kennel. In this way, the dog is temporarily deprived of its freedom of movement and of your company.
However, make sure you let him out of his kennel or basket, otherwise he will go out without your permission, which will undermine your authority.
To deprive of something
If your dog loves to play with his ball, toys, biscuits, and especially your company, one method of punishment is to deprive him of what he wants if he does not behave. This way he will understand the link between his behaviour and getting his reward.
Enough is enough!
If you are playing with your dog and he becomes too excited, to the point of grabbing your hand or biting you, it is time to stop immediately and ignore your dog. This way, he will quickly learn that he needs to control himself so that the play session can continue.
It is important to remember that your dog should never perceive your displeasure as aggression. Furthermore, all punishments should only be applied if you catch your pet in the act of committing the offence. Otherwise, he will not understand why you are angry.
Also be sure to reward your dog for good behaviour. It's fun for him and for you, and it will reinforce his good behaviour. So don't hesitate to reward him!
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