Reprimanding your puppy:
We all love it when we’re proud of our puppy. We hug him, give him treats, and reinforce the positive behavior we’d like to see duplicated.
Well, sometimes things aren’t so peachy keen. There are times when your pup may exhibit a negative behavior; one which you need to identify to your pup as one that should not be replicated. In other words, “Bad dog!”
In this case, it’s necessary to reprimand your puppy. You should talk to your puppy like you would talk to a child when they do something wrong. Firmly say, “No” and immediately show your pooch the correct behavior and then reward him for doing it correctly. After a few quick times he’ll know how to do it right.
When disciplining your puppy, you must be stern – for instance, if your puppy starts nibbling at your shoelaces, quickly say, “No!” Replace the show with your pup’s toys to chew and when he stars chewing on them instead of your shoe, praise him immediately.
Your dog will react more positively to positive words so limit the reprimanding words like, “Stop that” and “Bad dog!” An appropriate reprimand is short and crisp like the word, “No!” but only use these words when you observe your dog doing something wrong. Punishment should only be with your voice and nothing else. Some dog owners unfortunately have resorted to hitting, kicking, or spanking your dog; this will only make matters work. As for the result of this poor discipline of your puppy? A fearful or shy or aggressive dog.
For more information about training and disciplining your puppy or reprimanding your puppy click here. The Dog Bowl also suggests contacting a local traininer in your area for one on one assistance with traing your dog.