Date
20 January 2017
Rewarding a dog for doing the right thing is a far more effective way to train it than punishing your pet for bad behavior. Photo: Internet
Rewarding a dog for doing the right thing is a far more effective way to train it than punishing your pet for bad behavior. Photo: Internet

Why saying no to your dog is a bad idea

Lots of pet owners are having trouble getting their dogs to behave. In most cases, the problem lies in treating them like humans.

Dogs don’t have a concept of right or wrong, which is a human attribute.

“Dogs won’t know it when they do something wrong. Telling them ‘no!’ could mean a lot of things to them,” dog trainer Eddie Choi told Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly.

“You want your dog to go potty in one particular spot. If it does it at the door, and you say ‘no’, it will only get the message that the door is not a good place. But the sofa or the kitchen is alright.”

The proper way is to reinforce a dog’s correct behavior with treats.

“Reward the dog if it does it at the right place.”

Such positive approach is far better than punishment.

Patience is also important in raising pets.

Trainer Vivian Wong gives an example of how an owner helps his dog overcome fear.

This dog, for some reason, had always been afraid of climbing a staircase in the building where it resides. Wong suggested the owner to stay by the dog’s side and just wait. After 45 minutes, the dog made it.

“Sometimes, we can’t really find a reason to explain a dog’s problem. In such a situation, we can only respect the dog for what it is,” Wong said.

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EJ Insight writer

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