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. There 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.Full Review