You have to give the right signals to your dog or you will enforce wrong behavior in the future. There are many wrong beliefs in the dog owners minds.
Anxious Dogs have to be comforted
No, not at all!
You as a dog owner may feel that it is necessary to comfort your dog like a little baby in unpleasant situations when the dog experiences fear.
You can see his fear if the tail is lowered between the legs or if he is trembling for some reason.
Some dog owners talk to the dog nicely, give him his favorite treat or pick him up
and caress him in situations like that.
This may have short-term benefits but will not be helpful in the future as you give the wrong signal which will produce the opposite results in the long run.
Fact is: You as the top-dog will enforce the fearful behavior in your dog, if you calm down your dog every time he shows fear. This way you reward your dog for showing fear and this will enforce this behavior trait.
Your inappropriate reactions to his fearful behavior will provoke the dog to show this behavior again and again in the future.
Just continue to walk on and pretend as if nothing has happened.
Behavior Dog Training
Repeat Name and Commands very often
Sit! Joe sit! Sit now! Joe, sit now! Come here and sit, Joe! Lay down!
To call the dogs name countless times is useless. And to combine the name with different commands is even more useless as the dog does not know what to do. Information overload!
just make sure the dog has learned the commands properly. Then speak it out clearly
and the dog will understand it. If you call it out a hundred times the dog will ignore it and will keep doing what he likes.
I can take my Time before I punish or reward my Dog
No, you can’t!
If you want to punish or reward your dog then you have to do it IMMEDIATELY within 2 seconds of his action. A dog can not relate his action to reward or punishment if there is a longer time span than 2 seconds in-between.
Example: You come home from work and discover that your dog has chewed on your shoes and ruined them. It makes no sense to punish your dog now as the action of chewing the shoes has happened probably a few hours ago. If you punish him now the dog can’t relate this punishment to “chewing shoes”.
If the Nose is cold and moist then the Dog is healthy.
The nose is moist because the dog licks it. A runny nose could mean the dog is sick. But a cold or warm nose is not a reliable indicator of your dogs health.
If you think that your dog has high temperature you have to measure it, but not in the ear.
Dominant Dogs are NOT aggressive.
If a dog is dominant you will see this if your dog is together with another dog.
Dominance is not always a negative characteristics. it just shows that a dog is superior to another one due to his strength, intelligence and self-consciousness.
A dominant dog does not have to fight to reach a superior position, but his dominance is shown in his body language and is recognized and accepted by the other dogs through their instincts.
Don’t let the Dog lick your Face or Hands. This is dangerous.
Not at all.
Dogs lick wounds. Why? The saliva contains an enzyme that helps to defend against infection and has other properties that are antibacterial or promote healing.
If the dog is healthy then you don’t have to worry about licking your face or hands. There is a low risk that you get infected by worms. But if the dog is treated for worms regularly you don’t have to worry about this. Read more about Dogs Saliva in the Alaska Science Forum
Raw Meat makes the Dog aggressive
A Dog is a meat consuming animal and to give it raw meat will not change its behavior at all.
Pinch Collars don’t hurt
A pinch collar or prong collar is sometimes used and designed to prevent the dog from pulling. The dog should learn to stop pulling all the time as this gets on the dog owners nerves.
The rational thought is this: It does not hurt the dog, and if it does then the dog should just stop pulling and that’s it.
But this is not the way it works in reality. It can happen that in certain situations
the blunt prongs press hard into the dogs neck which definately causes a lot of pain. All living things have an individual sense for pain. How would you know how much pain the dog feels?
The principle of use is this: The dog does something wrong (it is pulling) and gets corrected by the pain caused by the colar, which is supposedly the same like a bite into the neck by mother dog to correct a puppy’s bad behavior with her teeth.
Just get this: Mother dogs do not bite a puppy into the neck to correct any bad behavior.
The spacing of the individual prongs put even pressure around the neck. You need less force to make an effective correction on a prong collar than a choke collar as Prongs don’t choke.
Some people put them on the wrong way. They should be correctly sized and placed high on the dog’s neck, and not be too loose and or it rides too far down on the dog’s neck.
However, many dog trainers use them but this does not mean that you should use it as well.
– Pinch collars hurt and torture your dog. If you don’t believe this then put one on yourself and try it.
– You most likely don’t know how to use it the right way
– It can cause serious problems in your dogs mental and emotional health
Prongs work well, but this is not the point.
Dog Training Collars – Explanation of Prong/Pinch Collars
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