How to properly punish the dog, beat or not beat-that’s the question
Usually this question is faced by many dog owners: what act of a dog can serve as a reason for punishment and how to properly punish a dog? This task is especially painful for novice dog lovers.
It is necessary to stop any attempts of purposeful aggression on the part of the dog against both its owner and all other family members. Especially if the “initiative” comes directly from the dog, that is, it tries to prove its right to power in this territory by force.
It is also worth punishing for malicious insubordination, especially if it is accompanied by manifestations of motivated aggression. The fact is that the dog in its actions is guided solely by attempts to establish its status in society on the principle of purely natural laws of the pack (it says genetic features). Some people, who are more flexible, understand intuitively how to establish a relationship with a dog. The rest work through trial and error. But there are also some ” losers” who can not create a relationship that, according to the point of view of the animal these same pack laws, would suit everyone, making coexistence in the house peaceful and pleasant.
What are the error and sin of these “losers”? As a rule, there are two extremes.
The first extreme – for all their excessive love and pity for animals in General and dogs in particular, these people are too soft-hearted and too dependent on mood, and therefore their behavior does not have a clear system. The rules for such hosts change with their mood. Sometimes they lull and caress their pet, then, being in a sad mood, they drive away from themselves. Usually they tend to forgive their Pets almost everything. And they themselves imperceptibly move to secondary roles… a Dog that has little or no makings of leadership, begins to feel like a ” leader” with such a master. Despite the fact that the owner is her breadwinner, she begins to push them around, and even punish them according to the laws adopted by predators. For example, the dog considers themselves a leader, can “rightfully” be the first to grab a fallen piece of meat and even bite the owner’s hand. And it will consider itself absolutely right – according to the laws of subordination… Then it becomes even sadder: the dog ceases to obey, and in the worst case-begins to assert its advantage for the right to receive food before children, old people living in the house, by aggression towards those.
What to do for those who sincerely love animals, want to have a dog, but do not feel enough opportunities to win the necessary authority from all family members and the dog as well?
In this case, it is better to bet on animals of non-aggressive breeds. There are some breeds for which livability in the ” pack” is in the blood. Their friendly behavior is the result of selection. These are dogs such as retrievers, beagles and the like. You can shelter in the end just a gentle and affectionate mongrel…
If same about choosing breed to speak already late. The dog is there, and with it “and” grown-up ” problems, overdue conflicts. In this case, the” soft-bodied ” owner is better not to be alone with these problems and not try to solve them yourself. The battle for the leader’s place always requires experience and strength, and in it, once retreating, it is very difficult to make up for lost time. Therefore, it is better to turn to a professional and under his control to learn how to properly influence the dog, by training, which with a skillful approach is always able to help. Later, after learning the basics of proper behavior with an animal under the guidance of a skilled instructor, you can act at home on your own. This will help you feel more confident.
The second extreme – hozyava dogs that have their own inferiority complexes, and try to compensate for them by cruel and unlimited power over the animal, and maybe over other family members. This”leader ” -the aggressor feels pleasure, mocking the dog. He likes to feel almost like a God, and he beats the dog about and without, which is offensive to the animal by its unjustifiability. Such a master risks being bitten by his own dog when it grows up and Matures. And aggression on the part of the dog will be fully justified: it will only be an attempt in desperation to save your skin. After all, the leader of predators is strong, but at the same time intelligent and condescending. If he obeyed-all, he will no longer use force. Therefore, the dog will never understand a person who does not know the measure of punishment, and will not accept his authority.
If same without extremes, speaking about normal strange host dogs, which have simply not enough experience, then here it is important learn to determine, ranks whether dog subordinate position relative to the storeowner. No matter how much it is allowed in the house: to sleep in the master’s bed or eat from his plate… the main thing Is that at the first command the dog obeyed without the slightest resistance, gave way, etc.Here, if it resists or grins, you can both punish and use force.
The second important point is the attitude to food. The first should always be the main one. And he, if he behaves correctly, shares it with those who obey him. Therefore, offering the dog a bowl of food, pretend that you are interested in its contents, and put, do not immediately let the puppy to the bowl, so that he learned the generosity of your permission to start eating in the presence of the owner. Periodically, you can check the dog: take the bowl, pause and give it back. The dog should not show its disagreement. And if it begins to growl, rush and try to protect its food-then it deserves a good slap, since it considered itself more important than the owner. If a piece of food fell to the floor-only the main one has the right to raise them! A dog can only do this if it is allowed to. If the dog has stolen something: whether it is a treat or a toy, it is obliged to give it at the slightest request.
By the way, you also need to distinguish between the aggression of the animal and just violent behavior due to the game or grumpy temper. The dog can loudly and terribly “grumble”, but it is completely harmless. Or puppies that follow the example of playing with each other – noisy and stupid, can attack the owner… This game does not require punishment, and if you want to avoid unpleasant consequences, you can redirect this energy from an unprotected hand to, for example, a toy or rag. At the same time, if the owner decides that it’s time to stop fooling around, he can demand it. And here already disobedience is punished with a slap or a slap: the owner’s demand is the law!
And how to punish?
Punishment should be based on the rules adopted in nature. That is, first comes the threat of punishment, which can be demonstrated by the intonation of the voice. And then, if the threat did not have the proper effect, the punishment itself should follow.
It happens that already at the stage of threatening the voice, the dog takes a subordinate position and begins to calm down: it presses its ears, lowers its tail, and bends its front legs. It is desirable then not to use physical force, because the posture of submission implies a request for forgiveness. If you continue to punish the submissive dog, you can achieve the opposite effect. It’s better to just approve of her actions.
If the dog is not averse to conflict – it will assume a threatening pose, show its teeth, straighten up, raising its ears. In this case, you will have to be punished inevitably.
What to hit – with a towel, a Shoe, or something else-is the owner’s business. The main thing is to always take into account that the punishment should be a momentary consequence of the offense, and not be carried out late, because otherwise the connection between the cause and effect will be lost. And punishment without a reason is a banal beating.
It is enough to shake a guilty puppy several times by the scruff of the neck, lifting it above the ground and shouting very menacingly. Then let go – and stand on top with a menacing look. If the puppy took the position of submission, then the punishment had an effect. If not, you will have to repeat the action, give a slap or slap. But only until the puppy takes the position of submission!
And you do not need to feel guilty, forcing the dog to obey, driving it from the owner’s place on the bed or demanding to return the owner’s Slippers to their place. After all, a normal dog is quite wonderful in a family with a wise, strong and kind owner. She respects his role in her life, feels secure and calm, loves her home and accepts the position she occupies. And this compliance with the conditions of the hierarchy has a positive effect on its psyche.