If you are a pet parent, you already know that it is quite difficult to resist pampering your adorable pet. Sometimes, even when he is up to something really naughty, you may end up being amused at how cute your mischief maker is. But, your furry friend is a lot like a child; no matter how loveable he is, discipline will help him learn acceptable behavior. Begin disciplining your dog by teaching new tricks. This will have a positive effect on his mental well-being and will also bring out his happy mood.
Occasionally, pets can pick up destructive behaviors like toileting inside the house. Often times, behaviors such as incessant barking and chewing on furniture and shoes are due to fear or anxiety. Your dog’s happiness depends on the assurance and well-being that you can provide him through quality playtime or by helping him understand the behavior you expect out of him. So, the next time you catch your paw pal in the middle of a mischievous act, try one of these five simple tips to teach her acceptable behavior.
1. Goodies for Good Behavior
The first rule to getting your pet’s attention and reinforcing good behavior is to shower her with praise and treats every time she behaves well or follows a command. This reward action helps your pet understand which behavior is appreciated and what should not be repeated. A healthy dog has a better attention span and is quicker in grasping orders. Maintain your pet’s wellness with treats that contain herbal actives to keep your dog healthy and happy.
2. Structured Punishments
Try to be consistent in how and when you punish your pet. Scold him every time he makes the mistake until he stops. Refrain from physical punishments, as this may impact your pet’s mental well-being. Remember that discipline doesn’t have to come at the cost of your pet’s happiness. The punishment should neither be too stern nor too weak. If it’s too stern, your pet may develop behavioral problems due to fear, and if it’s too weak, the punishment may not be strong enough to modify behavior in the long-term.
3. Ignore and Withhold
If your dog mouths, nips, or misbehaves, do not play with her and do withhold her favorite toy. Don’t interact with your pet; refuse to give her any attention. Don’t yell at or talk to your pet during this time. Since pets act in an improper way to gain your attention, reacting would encourage continuation or repetition of the wrong behavior. However, don’t stretch it; if your pet is deprived of your love and attention for long, it may take a toll on his wellness and happy disposition.
4. Distract and Divert
The moment you catch your dog in the action of gnawing at your furniture or urinating inside the house, clap your hands or make a loud noise to distract him. Stop him midway, take him out, and direct him to toilet outside. Say a loud and firm ‘no’ and command him to sit down. The first step in stopping your pet from misbehaving is to quickly divert to disciplined action.
5. Isolate and Ignore
While playing, if your dog refuses to follow instructions, end the game session abruptly and walk away. Return after a while and repeat simple commands. If she follows the orders, praise her and reward her with treats. This will help your dog understand the proper rules of playing and what behavior is acceptable.
Pets may take time to understand certain instructions; stay patient while they learn. The key to disciplining a dog is starting early and staying consistent. Disciplining helps keep your dog occupied and ensures his overall well-being. It also gives you the opportunity to spend more time with your dog to develop a deeper and happier bond. Dogs love routine and when there is an organized manner of reward, punishment, and play, they learn to change their behavior accordingly.