Scolding a dog seems like the quickest and easiest way to solve a problem, but there are many reasons why it will not work.
“Scold the dog!” – supporters of the “traditional” school recommend. Negative reinforcement was previously an invariable part of the training process in dog training, but since then we have learned a lot about dog training.
Think of your dog’s reaction when you chastise it – does “bad” behavior go away?
Here are FIVE reasons why you should not scold your dog:
1. It is ineffective
Dogs do not understand English, etc. language, so the repetition of your tirade may make you feel that you have explained their point of view to it, but your dog is completely unaware of what you are barking. Dogs respond best to short, sharp cues that you have taught her and they make sense to her. A severe reprimand is rather embarrassing and perhaps frightening to your dog.
You should also evaluate how often you resort to screaming at your pet. Obviously, there is some kind of learning problem, if the main way of communicating with a dog is screaming.
In this case, it is better to spend your time and energy on training your dog in correct behavior and control of the environment (for example, to take the garbage to an inaccessible place so that the dog cannot reach it) rather than punishing her for making the wrong choice.
2. This creates confusion.
If you return home and see a puddle or pile, your first rush may be to scold the dog for it. The problem with this approach is that your dog will not associate the punishment with the crime. Undoubtedly, your dog will show you his repertoire of reconciliation signals when you scream at her – hunched, hidden tail, lowered his eyes, but this is just her reaction to your anger at the moment. This is not “shame” or admission of guilt, your dog’s behavior is actually an attempt to reassure you.
If we talk about the training moment, then time is crucial, and cursing your dog hours after wrongdoing is the worst option. The best thing to “reprimand” for a minor mistake is to catch your dog at the time of the commission of an inappropriate act and interrupt it with a sharp “Hey!”. Then carry it out (or take it out) to the street so that she can finish her work, without any comments, to the stern of praise after a successful conclusion.
3. It causes learning problems.
If your strategy of fighting leaps to people who came to visit you is a shout at the dog, then I have bad news for you. A cry at a dog can momentarily suppress its reaction, but will it teach you how to behave correctly? Definitely not. In addition, it may cause the illusion that your dog stops this behavior, but the truth is that this scenario is likely to repeat every time guests come to you.
To change the behavior, you need not only to suppress the dog’s reaction, but also to teach the alternative behavior that it can produce. Jumping dog can be taught sitting to meet guests or go to the place when the guests come.
4. It increases fear
Some dogs tolerate readiness easily, no matter how rude they are treated, while others have a more subtle nature and cannot withstand even an angry look.
A cry is not a vital strategy for any dog, no matter how stable the psyche is, but sensitive dogs, in particular, may experience disturbing failures in training when they are scolded, for example, submissive urination.
Some sensitive dogs become practically helpless when they are shouted at them, and cease to offer any behavior, fearing to run into another angry tirade. These dogs prefer inaction, since the usual result of their behavior is reprimand, which causes even more fear.
5. It encourages bad behavior.
You might think that scolding your dog when it barks is a way to stop this behavior, but your dog may interpret your cry as a nice addition to its cacophony.
Again, dogs do not speak Russian, so the phrase: “My friend, that’s enough! Stop barking! ”- does not convey your message to the dog. The best strategy is to determine the cause of your dog’s barking (is it guarding its territory or resource? Attracts attention?) And take appropriate steps to eliminate it.
It may seem difficult – get rid of the habit of scolding your dog, but your contact with the dog will improve if you refer to the source of the problem, and not to the symptoms.