♦ Never Yell at a Puppy for Making a Mistake.
“Learning” means you are in the process of learning something. Being harshly and loudly reprimanded can drive it right out of your head.
♦ No Corporal Punishment
Never hit a puppy—with your hand, a rolled newspaper or anything else. This used to be the accepted way of training a dog, but it harks back to the not-so-distant past when the physical abuse of wives and children by their spouses and teachers was commonly accepted. “Spare the rod and spoil the child” was engraved on many a school paddle—and dogs were trained with similar harsh attitudes, with pronged choke collars and objects used to strike a dog. Physical punishment of wives and children is no longer tolerated in the modern world, and we’re finally catching up in the animal world, too. It would be hard to find an animal behaviorist today who would justify the old-fashioned barbaric custom of hitting a puppy to “teach it a lesson.”
Copyright © Tracie Hotchner – Originally appeared in The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know by Tracie Hotchner