HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR DOG!
IF YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR DOG, YOU’LL NOT EVER FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO DISCIPLINE YOUR DOG.
Having grown up with dogs, I was always taught how to train them in the traditional way - the idea of dominance to ensure you are in charge. I always hated the idea of disciplining them for things they did which we deemed undesirable. As an adult with my own dogs and becoming a qualified canine behaviourist, it became increasingly clear throughout all of the studies and trials performed by animal psychologists throughout the world that domestic dogs were not trying to be the boss. They see us as family, as a pack.
This led me into the positive training environment, where disciplining your dog is not required (basically because it’s based on animal psychology and positive reinforcement). In actual fact through working with many clients and with my own dogs, I’ve found that science-based positive training is far more effective and long lasting than any traditional punitive style training methods.
The biggest thing to remember about any training with your dog is that you must be consistent. If you are consistent in your commands and behaviour with your dog, not only will both you and your dog be closer and happier but you’ll never feel the need to punish them again.