How To Discipline A Dog For Bad Behavior

Let’s say you’ve just adopted a puppy, and both of you are super excited about it. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but trust me, you have a long way to go. Good dog behavior does not come naturally, so you will have to work really hard to teach your dog what is allowed and what is not. It takes some time at first. Without proper dog behavior training, his behavior will definitely change positively.

For this, you need long-term and proper methods to discipline (NOT PUNISH) your dog. So, today, our topic will be how to discipline a dog for bad behavior. No punishment, no grounding, but discipline.

What Does Disciplining A Dog For Bad Behavior Mean?

Disciplining dog bad behavior means issuing disapproval commands at the moment when the behavior is about to be completed or is being completed.

Discipling a dog means stopping bad puppy behavior. This is as important as rewarding for actions. Compliments, hospitality, petting, or playtime are all positive ways to reward a puppy for good behavior. However, let’s discuss what you should do to bad behavior dogs.

Tips for disciplining a dog for bad behavior:

  • Positively reinforce good dog behavior
  • Catch your dog in specific bad behavior
  • Redirect your dog while doing something wrong
  • Keep away from playing or petting rapidly after his awful conduct
  • Ignore his barking
  • Don’t let your dog be dominant

Now, let’s talk about each of the methods in detail.

How To Discipline A Dog For Bad Behavior

Encouraging Good Dog Behavior

Positive reinforcement simply means that when your puppies do something you like, give them a treat, pet them, and then praise them.

Positive reinforcement helps them understand what you want from them. You can even use verbal commands, such as “good job!” to let them know they are doing a good job. Did your dog stop barking when you told them to stop? Go, buddy! Get a treat. Did he go to the toilet outside? Excellent, what a good boy!

Catch your Dog On Bad Behavior

To successfully discipline a dog, deal with it immediately after the behavior or action occurs. You cannot blame your dog for what he has done in the past. He just doesn’t understand why you should discipline him. However, if you catch your dog doing something wrong, you can teach it is wrong.

This does not mean that you should set up traps in your house and wait for your dog to slip and fall. It just means paying attention and reacting quickly and appropriately to his actions.

Redirect Your Dog From Bad Actions

When you learn how to discipline your dog, one of the best ways is to reorient. When you find that they are participating in an unwelcome behavior, take their attention away and introduce something positive.

Imagine you’re getting home, can’t wait to take off your work shoes and put on your slippers, and the first thing you see is your dog happily chewing them. Yes, it’s devastating, but in preference to hitting or shouting at him, quick use the stop command and take the slipper out of his mouth.

Once your dog calms down, give him the actual chewing toy. Also, make sure to encourage his positive behavior with lots of praise as he starts chewing his toy. This experience will positively engrave his dog psychology.

Don't Play With Your Dog Soon After His Bad Behavior

Seeing our dog’s bad behavior can make us super angry spontaneously, but we can’t stay mad at them for long. They’re little dummies; what can we do? You might get over your torn slippers speedyhowever you still need to avoid interacting, playing, or petting your dog soon after. Otherwise, they won’t realize whether their act was wrong or not.

But as soon as you show him what they did wrong and don’t play with him, he will learn his lesson.

How To Discipline A Dog For Bad Behavior

Ignore The Barks

Sometimes, Ignorance is key. Many bad dog attitudes are meant to attract attention, such as barking, jumping up, begging. As you manage not to pay attention to his behavior, the dog will not get the attention he is looking for. This way, your dog will remember that barking is not a proper way to ask for attention.

Don't Encourage Dominance In Your Dog

Some owners think raising a dominant dog is good for their character.

Yes, your dog will be the leader, he will have dominant dog behavior with other dogs, but the whole problem is that he will start considering himself dominant over you, the owner, and won’t obey you easily anymore.

A classic example is when you’re taking your dog on a walk, and he leads you and doesn’t obey the leash.

Therefore, avoiding encouragement is dominance. You should not let your dog take the lead. Every time they pull the leash forward from excitement and, you keep following them, they will think that this is the only way to walk. Instead, stop every time they pull the belt and ask them to follow you. Soon, your walk will be more leisure.

*Leash training is another important topic while training a dog; check our articles for leash training tips at the Loobani website.

Should You Discipline Your Dog For Acting Aggressive?

Disciplining your furry buddy for aggressive dog behavior is not a solution. Aggressiveness is not in your dog’s nature. It is a sickness that has specific reasons. So, instead of ignoring him or redirecting from aggressive reactions, you should find the source of this aggression.

Dogs’  aggression always has precise reasons:  trauma,  worryhealth troublesand so forth. Also, behavior changes after neutering a dog are pretty common, and the surgery could result in aggression.

So, once you notice aggressive problems in your dog, it is important to take him to the vet. If it’s a health issue, then this aggression is temporary. However, if your dog is in a perfect health state, you should adequately search for the reason for it and apply him for aggressive dog training classes.


Why Should You Always Avoid Dog Punishment?

All we discussed above are the methods of properly disciplining a dog. If you need further assistance, you can always seek dog behavior specialists. Trust me, professional dog behavior training classes will save your time and nerves.

Therefore, the first thing every owner needs to do is distinguish between punishment and discipline. Let me tell you why punishment is wrong while training your dog.

Punishing the dog after his bad actions is never correct. The dog may show signs that he knows you are upset, but that doesn’t mean he knows why.

Dogs live in a moment, and they react to the situation. They do not think or plan bad things ahead of time. Therefore, it is unnecessary and even cruel to punish a dog. Dogs need to be corrected in their behavior, not punished.

You might come home finding your slippers ripped off, your favorite vase broken in pieces.

Yes, it will be hard not to overreact, but don’t even think about punishing your new pup.

Punishing a dog for bad behavior could mean hitting him, keeping him shut in one room or a crate, keeping him starve, etc. However, these methods won’t help your puppy learn something. It will just leave a serious psychological trauma, break trust in the owner, and might even cause developing aggressive dog behavior.

Punishment can only bring worsen behavior results. If your punishment results in dog mood changes, such as signs of fear, tremble, you shouldn’t be happy at all. This just proves that your punishment is wrong, and all you do will just leave a serious psychological trauma, break trust to you, and might even cause developing aggressive dog behavior.

So, think twice before you try to correct your dog’s bad behavior.

Sum Up

Changing habits is a complicated process for not only dogs but also humans.  We should realise that education and disciplining a dog requires consistency, persistence,  and  dedication from ourselves.

Start with basic obedience training, introduce your dog to commands, use for positive actions, show attention, love, and you’re halfway there to the disciplining process.

Yes, it might be hard to discipline a dog, but remember that you are helping him learn to be the best he can be. Your involvement and commitment to properly train him will improve his behavior and improve the bond between you.

Make sure always to be patient. It takes time, but you will definitely enjoy the process. It’s so much fun seeing your dog learning new tricks, so be a proud puppy parent, and do the best for your furry friend.


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