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Punish your dog for bad behavior

By Jason Wright

February 25, 2020

It's Part Of All Animal Learning

Positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment, and negative punishment.

If you are a trainer you need to be utilizing ALL of these. NOT just positive reinforcement. If you are not using all of these you are limiting how the dog learns and you have limited the results you will get.

I get a ton of dogs from force-free, all positive trainers. The dog's obedience is usually decent, but as far as the behaviour, it still exists or has gotten even worse!

This doesn’t mean that you slap a prong collar or e collar on a dog and start blasting it with high levels corrections. They must be conditioned to the tools and know what they mean by 100%. Create a communication system first. The punishment must be offered correctly depending on the dog and a variety of other things.

Punishment also doesn’t just have to be through a prong or e collar. There are many other tools out there to stop bad behaviour.

The message here

is, stop being one dimensional and start using punishment. Not only will you get better results, but you’ll also be less stressed and not struggling for months at a time.

As for turning your back and ignoring a jumping dog, It's absolutely ridiculous, rarely works and is very dangerous.

Don’t get me wrong positive reinforcement is a huge part of what we do and we use it with every dog but it’s absolutely not the only way to go about training.

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