Sooner or later, every owner thinks about what kind of act the dog deserves the most severe punishment - the physical one. How to punish a dog correctly? This problem is especially painful for those who have a pet that has appeared recently, and who still does not know where the line between rational upbringing and cruel treatment of an animal lies.
Often pity is a mistake in punishing a dog.
Of course, the owner must prevent any manifestations of dog aggression directed at people. Some dogs try to take a leading position in such a behavior in the human “pack” - in the family, to prove their right to own the territory.
Punitive deserves and categorical insubordination to the owner, especially - accompanied by aggression. The fact is that a dog, acting in one way or another, usually simply seeks to determine its status in the family. And the owner will not be able to influence this desire - man does not argue about genetics.
Some people, more flexible, intuitively catch how to build a relationship with a dog. Others act through trial and error. But there are also such “losers” who can in no way create relations corresponding to the laws of the “pack” from the animal's point of view, where the dog implicitly obeys the “leader” - the owner, and this situation suits everyone.
Usually grief trainers fall into one of two extremes. First: they pity even those animals whose fate is well. In addition, they are addicted to their moods, and this prevents them from bringing up a pet to adhere to a single system, which simply confuses the poor dog.
The rules of such owners change along with their mood. They then sweetly lisp and caress their pet, then, being upset about something, they chase him away, scolding him for something he did not do. However, such owners are usually inclined to forgive almost all of their favorites. Of course, animals feel inconstancy and weakness, and the "leaders" gradually begin to obey their pets.
The dog, which has the makings of a leader in character, will quickly learn to manipulate a person, achieving everything he wants, despite the fact that the owner feeds the dog and chooses the time and place for his walk. A pet can even punish a person as weaker and imperfect. For example, a dog, believing himself to be the leader, is capable of “rightly” being the first to grab a fallen meat patty and even smack the owner, who “dares” to reach out for food. And in this case, the animal will consider itself absolutely right - according to the laws of the “school” subordination ...
Further - more and sadder. The dog completely ceases to obey, and in the worst case, begins to defend its right to receive food earlier than the master's children and old people living with it under the same roof. Usually, fangs and claws are used ...
But what about those who sincerely love animals, want to have a dog, but do not feel like a “leader”, able to control the aggression hidden in a pet, to gain authority from a wayward dog?
In this case, it is better to rely on animals of non-aggressive breeds. There are some dogs that have a "desire in the blood" to be part of the "pack." Their benevolent behavior is the result of decades of skillful selection.
Retrievers, bigley and other "family" breeds - that's who you should prefer if you are not ready to become an alpha host. In the end, you can shelter a mild and affectionate pooch who, in gratitude for your care, will become the most devoted and obedient friend.
If you have already made your choice and are reaping the fruits of inept animal rearing, you better not be left alone with these problems and do not try to solve them yourself.
Fighting for a leader’s place always requires experience and strength, and in it, once having departed, it is very difficult to catch up. Therefore, it is better to turn to a professional and, under his control, learn to influence the dog through competent training, which can help. Later, having learned the basics of correct behavior with an animal under the guidance of an experienced instructor, you can act at home on your own.
"Leader" - cruel or fair?
The second extreme in raising a dog is to strive to achieve unlimited power over an animal with the help of unmotivated cruelty.
It is easy for a man to feel like a god when he has a being ready to carry out any command. Unfortunately, some do not understand that it is enough to ask the dog to do something - and it will respond to the words of the authoritative owner. And the blows inflicted for no particular reason will offend the animal, and the only thing you will get from it is a panic fear in front of you, which will further slow down the learning process. Such a punishment of a dog is a big mistake.
However, not all the dog to sit under a besom: when the animal grows up and is stronger, it will definitely punish the person for cruelty. And hardly anyone will condemn the pet: he will simply defend himself from the person who made him his living toy. After all, in animals, the leader is not only strong, but also intelligent, forgiving and, of course, fair. For him, the manifestation of aggression is just a way to punish the guilty, and not an opportunity to assert oneself. As soon as the dog realizes that the person does not know the measure of punishment, he will doubt his authority - and he will begin to fight.
Welcome to the pack!
If you simply do not have enough experience to determine for yourself where the border of canine freedom should go, remember that in order for the pet to be allowed to sleep on the couch or, for example, take food from the table, the main thing is that the owner has the same authority. Then in any situation you will be able to call the dog or forbid any action to it - and he will come running at the first call, stop behaving indifferently without the slightest resistance, execute any command without a doubt. If he, accustomed to obey your will, disobeys, then he can and must be punished, according to the nature of the punishment with the degree of disobedience.
Determine your leadership in the "pack" you can also thanks to the food. The first should always eat the main one. And already he is supposed to behave like a "leader" - to share with those who obey him. Therefore, offering the dog a bowl of food, pretend that you are interested in its contents, but when you put it on, do not immediately let the puppy go to the bowl so that he will understand how generous your “gift” is - permission to start eating in the presence of the owner.
Periodically, you can "check" the obedience of a pet: pick up a bowl, pause and give. The dog should not show disagreement. And if she starts to growl, rush at you, or try to guard her food, then she deserves punishment because she considers herself a “stronger” host.
If a piece of delicacy has fallen on the floor - only the main one has the right to raise it! A dog can only do this if it is allowed. If the dog stole something, be it a treat or a toy, he is obliged to give it on request.
It is important to learn to distinguish between the aggression of the animal and simply violent behavior during the game or grumbling temper. The dog may loudly and terribly "mutter", but at the same time Do not put threats into these sounds. Also, puppies sometimes try to play with the owner in the way they do with each other - jokingly attacking and nibbling. You can't punish kids - they don't want to hurt you. In such a situation, it would be wise to protect your hands with a thick rag or quilted jacket and join the game. However, it’s up to the owner to decide when the game will end. And if puppies refuse to calm down, they can be spanked for disobedience: your team is the law!
Everything is good!
Since the dog’s attitude to the owner is based on instincts, they themselves must be subject to punishment. That is, at first you warn ominously about what threatens your pet with violation of the hierarchy you have established. Your intonation should give the dog to understand that it is time to stop, otherwise she will feel pain. And only if the dog ignored the warning, can you punish him.
Watch your dog's reaction to your voice. If you see that the dog calms down - he presses his ears, lowers his tail, bends his front legs, in no case do not continue to scream, or, all the more, do not start beating the dog. A pose of obedience implies a request for forgiveness, and if you ignore the dog’s plea, it will see that you are behaving inconsistently and become angry. Better to just approve her actions.
If the pet is not averse to a conflict - he will take a threatening position, will grin his teeth and straighten up, raising his ears. In this case, it will inevitably be punished.
Unfortunately, fighting dog disobedience is better with force. Moreover, the punishment must follow immediately for misconduct, otherwise the dog will lose the connection between his behavior and your aggression and consider it unmotivated cruelty.
A guilty puppy is enough to shake the collar several times, lifting it above the ground and yelling menacingly at him. Then let go - and stand on top with a threatening look. If the puppy has adopted the submission position, it means that you did everything correctly. If not - you will have to repeat the punishment, perhaps stronger. But only until the puppy takes the position of submission!
No need to feel guilty, forcing the dog to obedience, driving him out of bed or demanding to return the slippers to the place. After all, any dog will be glad to love a strong, wise and fair owner. She respects his role in her life and feels protected. Thus, the hierarchy not only disciplines the dog, but a positive effect on his psyche.