May 26

Reprimand, or Reward?


There are a lot of things people have to remember when they start dog training - a lot of different dog training techniques to try.

Some of these dog training techniques work, while other dog training techniques seem to work against you. With so many different aspects of dog training, its hard to know what techniques work the best.

One of the biggest things that often confuse people with regards to dog training is when to reward your dog and when to reprimand your dog.

If you have trouble deciding when to do which, please read on.

Most dog training course instructors will tell you that positive dog training is the best technique to utilize. Unfortunately, there are some instances when you do have to reprimand your dog.

Dog scolding should not happen often, as dogs respond better to positive reinforcement used in dog training. Before you learn when to reprimand your dog, you should first learn when to reward your dog.

You should reward your dog any time your dog does something it is supposed to during dog training. This can be when it sits, stays, eliminates where it should, fetches, etc.

Even successful food trainings can be cause for praising your dog.

Rewarded dog is a happy dog!

The reward you use during your dog training can be many things: praise, kind words, tummy rub, pat on the head, or a treat.

There are some praise words that dogs will also respond to as well - depending on what your preferred language is. Use that, and with an affectionate tone. That works wonders on positive reinforcement.

Dogs learn very quickly from positive dog training and praise. Dogs tend to want to make you happy and this is why they do so well with this type of dog training. However, be sure you never reward bad behavior.

scolding your dog is the sort of training that should not be done unless necessary. This can be when your dog jumps, eliminates in the wrong place, barks, growls, pulls on a leash, destroys something, etc.

You must only scold your dog if you catch it in the act of doing something wrong.

Otherwise, your dog will not realize what it did. The reprimand used for this dog training should be a quick, sharp "no" or "bad dog."

Your tone should be angry, but remember to be short and quick. If you constantly do this, your words will end up being ignored by the dog.

Never spank, hit, or constantly scold your dog. This will only lead to more problems in the future.

These are all of the important things you need to focus on when determining when to reprimand or reward your dog during dog training. Remember to be patient because your dog is learning and trying its best.

With some love and consideration, your dog should do quite well with its dog training.

Need additional help? Here's an easy way for you to train your dog right now!

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Frank Harrigan

Frank loves tacos and dogs - the good, bad and ugly sides of dog ownership.

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