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Will Training Your Dog Make Them Unhappy?

Training dogs is something a lot of us feel uncomfortable with. Unfortunately, by its very nature this will require you to shout at your dog, to pull on their lead and to deny them the things they want. Even when they’re just trying to be friendly by jumping up to say hello, training a dog can mean ignoring them or telling them off and that can be heartbreaking.

Are you ruining your relationship with your dog by training them?

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Why it’s Okay to Train

The answer to this question is of course no. In fact, training your dog will make them happier because they’ll have a better understanding of their role in the family and of how to behave. Of course you wouldn’t treat a human in the same way but that’s because the social structure of humans and dogs are very different. Dogs are highly social creatures and have a very distinct social structure that involves a clear ‘leader’ of the pack.

In other words, they are happiest when there is a hierarchy in your family and they naturally will fit in well to a social structure where you give them clear and distinct boundaries.

How to Punish Your Dog

Of course this still means that you have to punish your dog and that means they are going to be unhappy from time to time. The key here though is to find ways to punish your dog without upsetting them, which is actually more doable than you may think.

Instead of smacking your dog and shouting at them – neither of which is to be encouraged – the objective is instead to simply create a very clear and simple connection between a given ‘bad’ behavior and an unpleasant outcome. Squirting water or rattling keys can be a great way to accomplish this without making it feel ‘personal’ and without upsetting your dog.

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Dog Training – Award and Punishment


Before you start teaching your dog anything you need to create a relaxing conditions for it. Confused or anxious dog won’t be able to focus and learn so we need to be careful how we behave. Dogs must understand when we are awarding them and when we are punishing them, and it will all be useless if they don’t understand why are we doing so. You should also award a dog only when it is deserved, since awards without cause will make the entire award system useless. The same should be said for punishments, too. Not all dogs are the same, so if, for example, you see that giving treats to your dog is making him develop a begging habit, you should stop it and find some other way of rewarding it.

There are two different types of rewards: verbal and tactile. Verbal are the ones where we call our dog a good boy or girl, using friendly, warm voice that makes them feel good. Tactile is where we touch the dog, patting it and stroking it’s fur. Good rule is to use only vocal rewards during the training and only pat it when they do something good or complete the given task. K1378973826There is also the intensity – and it depends on the dog. Some dogs will listen after a quick raise of tone and some won’t listen even if you hit them. That being said, violence and force should be your last resort and it is the best that you never use it during your training. Sometimes it is enough to stomp the ground or raise your voice to do the trick.

Example – your dog is biting your couch. If this is the first time, loudly use the phrase like “Bad!”. The dog will stop and look at you. Rise your finger and repeat: “Baaad!”. If this doesn’t do the trick, shout again, clapping your hands to make it louder. If this doesn’t work, it means you have a stubborn dog. If this is the case – do something that the dog’s mother would do – grab him by the neck skin and shake a little. While doing so, repeat “Bad, bad, bad!” and you will see how this effects your dog. This method is not bad for your dog, don’t worry.

Punishment – when you punish the dog, it must be short and effective. Try not taking it personally and getting mad with your dog, but rather stay calm and act like you are mad. Punishment must never reflect your bad mood, but rather the dog’s bad actions. Hitting the dog is not something we recommend, as dogs can misunderstand it or become frightened and scared of you. If you ever do have to hit the dog, make sure there is a reason for it. Some of the reasons are: if the dog bites other people, disciplining is in order; also if your dog starts stealing or he disobeys you many times.

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Train your Dog to be a Good Boy


It seems like the dogs can understand everything except the words “stay” and “come”. If your dog doesn’t listen to you, the first thing you need to know is that it’s not his fault. Dog is naturally inclined to listen to humans and will be obedient if you know how to control him. Being ready to listen and obey is a part of every dog’s mind and you only need to know how to bring it out. Every dog can be trained and thought how to behave. Even so, every day we see dogs tugging their leashes, chasing runners and bikers and sometimes, sadly, biting other people. Dog training is easy if we know the basic rules and concepts that rule our dogs. Without that knowledge, it is very hard to control a dog, especially if he’s a bit stubborn. So how should we do it?

Authority – humans treat each others with respect and reason but it can’t be applied when dealing with dogs. You must be the authority for your dog, but you must never be rough or use force. Knowing the difference is crucial. Dogs need authority and they will look at you as a leader of the pack, you will be the alpha male and they will listen to you, you just need to be their master and the rest is all on nature. Without authority, dog will love you, but he won’t respect you.

Choosing-a-Good-Dog-SitterUnderstanding – when training your dog, the point is not to make it obedient robot, but a free dog that plays and enjoys activities while he understands what is allowed and what is not. You need to treat your dog in a way where both of these conditions are met. Scientific research approved this technique and people are using it all over the world. There is always a note that you should treat your dog with respect and love, as it’s not the point to make him fear and revere you.

Training time – when you start training your dog, it’s better to start earlier than later. As early as you can is the best. Pups learn faster and don’t get confused as every rule they learn is the first one. Habits made in the early stage of life will stay forever, making the normal behavior pattern for the dog and there won’t be any second thoughts about it. Young pups also enjoy playing more, so it is a great trick to train the dog while playing with it. Training needs to be light at the beginning and you need to be careful not to overdo it. Dogs need rest and their brain, just as their body, needs time to recuperate.

Mistakes – this will happen. And frustrating moments will happen. All the time. But don’t worry, and don’t take it out on the dog. Be patient and calm, don’t scare your dog or make him nervous. You can have a bad day, and so can your dog. If you see that something isn’t going as you planned, maybe you should call it a day and try tomorrow?

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