I feel that animals shouldn’t be hit. You are able to maintain a level of discipline without hitting a dog. When they come to you as Wildlife Control a puppy or even an older dog you will have to teach them what’s expected of them. A properly disciplined dog will provide you all their love and attention for years but you need to teach them what’s acceptable behavior.
A firm”NO” is all they have to teach them appropriate behavior and what you anticipate. No screaming or hitting is needed. After they display a certain behavior that is not acceptable, you will need to receive their attention and be firm when you say”NO”. Your dog will learn that every time they do a certain thing they have this alpha (leader of the pack dog) admonishing them. It may take several times for your dog to understand what you want. 1 day, happily, when they do something which is not allowed you can say”NO” and they will usually stop. After a while you may find they no longer exhibit that behavior. They are extremely intelligent and need more than anything to please you.
When we had our Shelties (female and male ), 1 day we came home to toilet paper strewn all around the house. I put my hands on my hips and said”Who did this” in a calm voice. Both dogs ran for their beds and watched as we picked up this mess. It was only toilet paper. They waited till I moved into them and said”OK”. Both dogs ran to me and loved . We learned to keep our bathroom doors shut when we left the house. After about 3 weeks we left the house and deliberately did not shut the bathroom doors. There was no ticker tape parade once we arrived home. They had simply moved on to playing with each other or the myriad of toys we had around the house.
Dogs need entertainment and if you are not there they will start looking for ways to be entertained. My advice is to keep several toys out for them to play with when you are away from the house or you can put them in a closed room, or a crate. I prefer letting them have a run of the house and other than the ticker tape parade we never had any more problems. Dogs are different and you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t.
One time I let the dogs outside and saw a Mama duck and babies walking by the water. I talked to my dogs, Lance and Heather. “Do not go near those ducks” I had their complete attention and I guarantee you they knew what I said. They left the house and went outside but did not go near the ducks. When they were finished with their company I let them inside and praised them for their behavior. I knew in my heart they wouldn’t hurt the ducks… and they never did!
Always, always praise your dog when they do something right. They’ll learn that this behaviour is good and they get compliments and hugs for it.
Loving and praising your dogs are going to be a excellent experience with years of fun and happiness you will both share. They’re truly Fur Babies!
A way to tell who loves you more… your wife or your dog:
Let them remain for 10 minutes. Learn who loves you more!