In my last post, I explained why any “training technique” that scares your dog isn’t good. Fear is a terrifying teacher. Poking, hitting, shocking — these are things bullies do. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: love your dog, don’t bully him.
There is a much better way.
1) Remember, Dogs Are People Too.
Or maybe I should rephrase that: Remember, Humans Are Animals Too. Either way, science now tells us that dogs and toddlers have a lot in common. Their brains are nearly identical.
In “Inside a Dog,” Alexandra Horowitz, DVM, says that dogs definitely think, feel and reason. This book is a personal favorite. It’s science giving anthropomorphism a little thumbs up.
2) Bones versus the Rolled-Up-Newspaper
Rolled-up newspapers were all the rage back when I was a kid. I still cringe when I think of that THWACK. Was it effective? I don’t know. I was hiding out behind the couch with my dogs.
Find out what makes your dog happy — treats, toys or your attention — then use it to help your dog understand how to behave.
Want a dog who sits for attention? Hold up a favorite goody. If he sits, he gets it. If he jumps, it disappears.