Hi, everyone thanks for joining.Today's topic is "disciplining pugs the positive way."
A perfect little Pug will be calm around other pets, friendly to everyone especially children and quiet and well-behaved around the house. The dog will be keen to come when called at the dog park and a real saint when out walking on the leash.
The sad thing is that most Pug owners aren't so fortunate. They spend the greater part of their dog's puppyhood trying to figure out the fastest and most efficient methods to teach their dogs how to improve their behavior.
Training dogs can be a thankless task at the best of times. The discussion around corrective teaching and punishment rages on.
I feel that a puppy should never be chastised or punished for doing things that you may not like. Instead, the dog should be corrected so that he or she does not repeat the offending action.
So what is correcting? Correcting is when you give your little Pug a verbal command of authority that shows your disappointment or disapproval when the deed is done (or about to be done).
I define a punishment as anything after that.
Continuous punishment is unfair.Dogs do not have the same reasoning faculties as we do. Your Pug is not trying to be defiant.
Your dog might sense that you are angry if. For example, he jumps up onto your leather couch or chews the sitting room carpet. It will however still not understand the underlying reason behind your frustration.
The Pug only "knows" that for some reason beyond his comprehension the master made a ruckus at the thing that just gave him a lot of enjoyment.
Your dog was having fun. There were no bad repercussions at that time whatsoever. The bad consequences only began when his owner came through the front door. "Oh well", says the dog.. . "my master is in a foul mood". The dog just cannot connect the action AFTER the occurrence.He will not understand why he's been admonished.
Fred Jungclaus puts it this way.
"I used to look at Smokey and think, If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking, and he'd look at me like he was saying, If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to."
The trick to disciplining your little associate is to catch him in the act. Punishing afterward can lead to uncertainty and frustration.That simply makes the whole problem worse.
Dogs correct each other through the use of body language, barking, biting and body blocks, but consider physical smacks as episodes of undue violence.
For some, a typical approach is to rub their dog's nose in the mess. Others smack their dogs on the nose or rump. The crate is often used as a form of punishment like a time out. These methods are not only cruel, they will actually counteract your training processes.
The first general rule in obedience training is to never threaten your dog.
Hitting or yelling will make your dog afraid of you. Your puppy should be taught to respect you as the leader. He/she should not be afraid of you.
By hitting or ranting you will only create a timid dog. Dogs can be wonderful companions when trained properly.A timid dog will hide from you most of the time.
Crate training is only effective when your puppy has a positive experience with his crate. It should be a place of refuge for him. The crate should never be associated with negative experiences.
Dogs are social creatures and the don’t like being ignored. This may be why so many dog owners think that isolating them with a “time-out” will work wonders. I would argue that this penalty is inadequate because it applies human psychology to an animal.
I recommend positive reinforcement strategies for encouraging positive conduct.
Dogs need to be told "yes" followed by a reward, but there are times you need to tell your dog "no.”
“You can always trust a dog that likes peanut butter.” Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie
A useful tip is to tell your dog "sit" straight after saying "no." This gives your dog something else to do and not dwelling on the naughty act they've just committed.
When asked to sit, they cannot continue doing the naughty thing you didn't want them to do.
It's a teaching strategy that has to be applied when the dog is in "naughty mode."
Or let's say your dog nips you while you're stroking him. The dog loves being petted, so you stop stroking at once. This teaches him that doing something naughty will result in something good being taken away.
Disciplining pugs the positive way lessens the chance of your dog repeating their bad behavior.
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