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2/28/2011 Bad Dog! Why Scolding is a Harmful Punishment

Correcting Unwanted Dog Behavior

We’ve all done it – you come home from a long, hard day at work to find that your dog or puppy has chewed up a brand new pair of shoes, and in your mind, the most satisfying way to handle the problem at the moment is by yelling at your dog.

Scolding Is Not The Answer

It is easy to lose your temper with your pooch when they perform a bad behavior, and at first, it seems as though that is the best way to deal with the situation. However, shouting at your pal when he does something bad is not an effective way to correct him. Whether it is destructive chewing, going potty on the carpet, or jumping, there is a solution that any dog trainer can help you with, and the solution is not scolding.

Dogs Don't Reason Like We Do

So why is scolding so bad? Scolding is something that humans have become accustomed to by experiencing it with other people. Although it does not make us feel good, we are able to learn from the mistake that we made if it is pointed out to us. However, dogs do not have the ability to reason, which is something that people have a tendency to forget, so scolding will not have the same effect on them.

You Might Be Sending The Wrong Message

For example, if your pooch goes potty on the carpet, and you shout at him, the only thing that he will take from the experience is to fear eliminating in front of you. In this scenario, he will continue to go potty inside, but hide it from you so that you don’t catch him in the act of doing it.

Just Trying To Make You Happy

You need to keep in mind that your dog does not perform bad behaviors to spite you or show defiance. He simply needs to be taught to act in a way that pleases you, because making you happy is what makes him happy. Even if you have not attended a school for dog trainers you can still correct his bad behavior in a way that will help him learn.

Positive Reinforcement

If you want to learn the best way to teach your pal not to perform unwanted behaviors the right way, consider reading up on positive dog training or hiring a dog trainer.

The best way to get results is to re-direct your pooch to an acceptable or wanted behavior. For example, if your precious pal is obnoxiously jumping on you when you walk in the door, simply turn your back to him. Ask him for a sit stay and reward him for this calm behavior. After repeating this action for a few weeks, your pooch should start offering you an acceptable sit and stay rather than the old unwanted behavior of jumping.

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