Forcing A Dog – Phoenix Scottsdale AZ Dog Training – Dog Trainer – Behaviorist
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Is it ever OK to force a dog, by…
1.) Shoving it’s face into it’s poop?
2.) Making it walk on a slippery floor?
3.) Making it make contact with strangers?
4.) Making it face an unpleasant noise, situation, or towards something that terrifies it?
5.) Using a shock collar?
This is a complicated question.
When a dog is afraid of something, it will desperately try to get away. If it can’t get away, it will try to make that something get away, usually by a violent attack. There is no more powerful motive than the need to escape danger.
Sometimes people use rough training to “teach a dog a lesson”. That’s why people will shove a dog’s nose in crap after the dog eliminates in the home. That doesn’t work. It is abusive, and it can make your dog hate you. You can make your dog become extremely aggressive towards you by doing this. You are losing your temper, and in the process, you are wrecking your dog. Besides, dogs don’t hate poop the way you do. Ever see a dog at the park sniff and examine another dog’s poop? Some dogs even eat poop. The smell or sight of excrement doesn’t make a dog cringe, or wrinkle it’s nose in disgust. It is the violent nature of shoving a dog’s face in poop that wrecks the training. Over time, the dog will start to defend itself by biting you when you try to put on a leash, pet it on the neck, and so forth. And the dog might still poop in the home because you did it all wrong.
Sometimes, people use rough training in an attempt to force a dog to like something. Even if you think the dog shouldn’t be afraid of something doesn’t mean the dog is going to accept it. Many people have been severely bitten by their dogs by trying to force them to do things that they are terrified of. Dogs also get hurt, and can sustain major injuries when terrified.
There are good ways of getting dogs to not defecate in the home… and there are bad ways. A good dog behaviorist can show you the difference.
There are also good and bad ways of dealing with phobias. There are ways to get dogs to accept things that they fear. Making a dog face something it fears is always a very risky strategy, and should only be done after a professional evaluation of the situation. It is more of a last resort than a first resort. It is never done out of anger. And proper safety must be considered. I would never recommend an uninformed, inexperienced dog owner force a dog to do anything. They don’t know what they are doing, and someone or the dog is going to get injured, and the problem will probably get worse. There are times when it might be proper to make a dog do something that it fears, but that should be left up to the recommendation of a professional behaviorist. You shouldn’t do it on your own. The risks are too high.
Sam Basso is a professional dog trainer and behaviorist, in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale metropolitan area. He’s known for being fun, kind, intelligent, and humane. Sam Basso has a unique personal touch. He has appeared on his own TV show, been a guest radio expert, gives seminars, publishes a dog related blog, does rescue volunteering, and is active in promoting animal welfare and fair dog laws.
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