Dog Training: Is Punishing Your Pet Good For It?
Dog training is basically the application of behaviour analysis that applies the stimulus-based controlled behaviour of past antecedents and effects to change the dog’s behaviour, either to help in certain activities or undertake specific tasks, or for it also to behave effectively in modern domestic life. A very well known example of this is to teach a dog to walk beside the owner. Effective dog training may therefore entail the teaching of a dog to understand its owner, to be responsive to certain signals and responses, to learn the difference between hunger and thirst, to stay and lie down on command, to come when called and to obey simple commands such as “sit” and “roll over”. It may also involve conditioning a dog to be obedient and refrain from unwanted behaviours. Have a look at A1 Kansas City Dog Training for more info on this.
However, the most important part of a good and successful dog training is that it should provide a positive experience and reinforcement for the dog so that it learns how to behave positively. Some tips on effective dog training include having your pet to perform a variety of tricks; teaching a dog to use verbal commands such as heel, sit, come, etc; and using positive dog hand signals (i.e. giving treats and verbal praise whenever a dog performs an obedience task successfully). Moreover, a good and effective training will help you develop and reinforce the use of pet hand signals so that your pet learns the correct ways to interact with humans.
The fundamental purpose of punishing your dog (for example by providing a painful stimulus such as spanking) is actually to suppress the natural tendency to want to obey and not exhibit unwanted behaviors. Instead, the punishment is designed to instill a fear of future punishments and so, reinforces the dog’s lack of control over its behavior. This is not unlike the way that children are punished for bad behavior. Children learn to do things by getting negative consequences for their behavior. Thus, in dog training, instead of punishing your pet when it exhibits unwanted behaviors, you should capitalize on the natural tendency of the animal to obey and should instead use praise and/or pet incentives to reward and reinforce the desired behavior.