Rewards not Punishment

It is always better to reward your BC instead of punishing him or her. Here are a few reasons why:

– If you punish your dog, it can make him distrust, or cause fear, aggression, and avoidance of you. If you rub your dog’s nose his doodie or pee, he may avoid going to the bathroom in front of you. This is going to make his public life difficult.

– Physical punishment has the tendency to escalate in severity. If you get your dog’s attention by a light tap on the nose, he will soon get used to that and ignore it. Shortly the contact will become more and more violent. As we know, violence is not the answer.

– Punishing your dog may have some bad side effects. For example, if you are using a pinch collar, it may tighten when he encounters other dogs. Dogs are very smart, but they are not always logical. When your dog encounters another dog, the pinching of the collar may lead him to think that the other dog is the reason for the pinch. Pinch collars have been linked to the reinforcement of aggressive behaviors between dogs.

– Electric fences will make him avoid the yard.

– Choke collars can cause injuries to a dog’s throat as well as cause back and neck misalignment.

– You may inadvertently develop and adversarial relationship with your dog if you punish your dog instead of working through a reward system and correctly leading. If you only look for the mistakes within your dog, this is all you will begin to see. In your mind, you will see a problem dog. In your dog’s mind, he will see anger and distrust.

– You ultimately want to shape your dog’s incorrect actions into acceptable actions. By punishing your dog, he will learn only to avoid punishment. He is not learning to change the behavior you want changed, instead he learns to be sneaky or to do the very minimum to avoid being punished. Your dog can become withdrawn and seemingly inactive. Permanent psychological damage can be done if a dog lives in fear of punishment.

– If you punish rather than reward neither you nor your dog will be having a very good time. It will be a constant, sometimes painful struggle. If you have children, they will not be able to participate in a punishment based training process because it is too difficult, and truly no fun.

– Simply put, if you train your dog using rewards, you and your dog will have a much better time and relationship. Rely on rewards to change his behavior by using treats, toys, playing, petting, affection, or anything else you know your dog likes. If your dog is doing something that you do not like, replace the habit with another by teaching your dog to do something different, and then reward him or her for doing the replacement action, and then you can all enjoy the outcome.

~ Paws On – Paws Off ~