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You’ve read many dog training books and a lot of them tell you that in order for you to control
your dogs behavior you must be physically forceful with them…. WRONG!

Science has proven that using force is definitely not the right way to treat your best friend.

The Best Way To Discipline Your Dog

You want to discipline your dog but you are really confused about what to do. You know you have to
do something to let your dog know that what he is doing is wrong..but what?

I like to teach my dogs how to think for themselves, by providing consistent positive guidance and
letting my dogs have choices and the freedom to express their emotion….to put it simply.. show
them the way to good behavior.

Never and I mean NEVER..kick,hit,yell,poke or roll your dog on it’s back or side and hold them
down until they stop moving…just so you can feel like you have shown them that you are the boss.

This will only ruin your dogs trust in you and in most cases make the problem even worse, using
force will only make your dog shut down, and maybe even become dangerous because some dogs will
react in a negative way to being punished in this fashion.. in other words..violence begets
violence.

I discipline my dog’s using the “behavioral interuptus” method..I coined that phrase just now..I
use my voice to re-direct my dogs onto the appropriate behavior. I also use time outs where I
remove the dog for a short period of time to allow them to regain composure and them re-introduce
them to the task at hand..and sometimes I just ignore the behavior.

This is the only kind of discipline you will ever need to lovingly guide your dog onto good behavior.

The size or age of your dog does not matter, or if you are training for basic obedience or rehabilitating
red-zone dogs who have a history of aggression.

One of the biggest mis-conceptions about dogs is that they are out to take over your house.

That everything they do is a direct challenge to your dominance..and because they are
behaving badly they are trying to be the alpha, the boss, the big cheese..Nonsense.

Your dog doesn’t get up everyday and plot with the family cat…ways to take over the
world..no..they are just trying to figure out how to cope and live in a domesticated world that we
brought them into..and it’s our job to teach them how to cope.

One form of discipline that you might have heard about that is really very destructive.. but people
think it works because that’s what they were told..it’s called the alpha roll over, or flooding.

This is an outdated theory that tells you to toss your dog on it’s back or side and hold it there
until it becomes submissive or stops moving..actually your dog is not calming down, even though it
may look like it.. in fact your dog is shutting down.

This is a instinctual survival behavior that dogs will do in order to get the threat to go away..

If you could see the dogs stress levels you would discover that they are through the roof..and in this moment your dog is not learning anything.. it is just hoping you will go away.

What you have effectively done is to show the dog that you are a bully, that you are the violent one,
and if your dog was already insecure..the stress you put on the dog will surely make matters much
worse.

Use discipline wisely..guide your dogs to help them make the best choices..instead of making them
afraid of you.

Harley

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