Recently, my human read some of a book written in the 1960’s about dog training. It had some very good ideas for puppy training, such as keeping in mind the pup’s short attention span and making training a game. However, it had a section on discipline which methods seemed unfair and cruel to a dog of any age. It suggested that, when your dog is bad, you should fold the leash and whip your dog with it until he cries. There are several reasons why this method is a cruel punishment for dogs.
- First and foremost, your dog is a companion, a loving animal, and should consider you as the most wonderful person ever. Dogs naturally want to please their owners and do not misbehave out of spite. They do so either because they are confused and untrained or think they can get something they want by doing the misbehavior. For instance, most would agree that your dog jumping up on visitors is rude. Your dog doesn’t think of this as impolite, however. To him, it is a friendly greeting and a way to get attention. Also, if you beat your dog in the above described manner, he is going to consider you to be a frightening person. A scary master does not instill trust in his dogs. The only reason his dog obeys him is because the dogs fears his master. The dog will obey a loving dog owner, however, because he loves and trusts the owner and wishes to please him.
- A leash is something that your dog should view as a fun training tool. It gives him pleasant walks and is used for fun training sessions. In short, it should make your dog happy. Using it to punish your dog in the form of whipping your dog or snapping it while clipped to your dog’s leash will teach your dog to fear it. Leashes are training and safety tools, not a means of corporal punishment.
I don’t suggest you physically punish your dog. It is often unnecessary and can frighten him. If you need to reprimand your dog, do so with a stern word. Or, you can deny your dog of your attention. When your dog misbehaves, ignore him and leave the room. This will teach your dog that all fun is denied to him if he is bad. Come back into the room five minutes later and act as if nothing happened. Your dog will have forgotten about his misbehavior at this time.