PRAISE AND PUNISHMENT:
A carrot & stick approach to training your dog.




"It is impossible to train a dog through his skin or his stomach," is a well known saying, and the trainer who attempts it will never attain success. And when someone exclaims that his dog is more obedient when whipped, I am constrained to inquire exactly how that dog obeys. It will be found that he obeys invariably through fear which is just the opposite of what we want.

A dog ought to work with pep, and joy, with shining eyes, willing to repeat on command at any moment for his beloved master. Surely we do not want him to obey shivering, with his tail between his legs, and waiting only for the moment when the command is finished so that he can slip away at the first opportunity out of reach of the master who abuses him!

Shyness is caused by wrong treatment or abuse; by hitting,pinching or whipping. As such abuse originates in the hands, the dog at first becomes hand shy and, suspicious that he will be punished for everything he does, he loses confidence in his master. In other words, he grows master shy. No dog is born shy.

All puppies come joyfully no matter who calls them. If the mother is shy, it is natural that the puppies should reflect her attitude as long as she remains with the litter. For this reason, the puppies of a shy mother should be taken from her at the age of eight weeks.

Every dog considers his acts as right. And from his standpoint they are right. For instance, he tackles the man who reads the gas meter. Suspicious of the intruder's movement with his flashlight, he considers it his duty to protect his master's property. Wherefore, it becomes our duty to divert the dog's thinking to other channels, not by whipping, abuse or starving for it cannot be done that way. By means of our own mental superiority we must discipline him in a sensible way to do what we want. We must make him understand that acts of his, of which we do not approve, can only result in discomfort for him.

Of course the dog should receive praise when he does right;nevertheless, praise ought to be administered as sensibly as punishment else it will tend to produce quite the opposite effect. In fact, the dog that is over praised and over coddled often becomes spoiled, destructive and disobedient. I do not like to see owners petting, even kissing, their dogs in public for no apparent reason: such conduct is detrimental to the best interests of all dogs in that it seems to further inflame dog haters. Yes, those who really love dogs, as I do, realize that, insofar as caressing a dog in public is concerned, a gentlemanly restraint is the finest advertisement of true regard for our friend the dog.


About the Author: Jane Simpson is a freelance writer and regularly writes on matters related to pets. She writes frequently forTerrier Breeds.com , as well asTraining Pitbull Dogs N Breeds

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