I believe that animals shouldn’t be hit. You can maintain a degree of discipline without hitting a dog. When they come to you as Pest Removal a puppy or an older dog you will need 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 need to teach them proper behavior and what you anticipate. No screaming or hitting is needed. After they display a specific behavior that is not acceptable, you will need to get their attention and be firm when you say”NO”. Your dog will learn that every time they do a specific 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. One day, happily, when they do something that isn’t allowed you can say”NO” and they will usually stop. After a while you may find they no longer exhibit that behavior. They are really intelligent and need more than anything to please you.
When we had our Shelties (male and female), 1 day we arrived home to toilet paper strewn all over the house. I place my hands on my hips and said”Who did so” in a calm voice. It was just toilet paper. They waited until I moved into them and said”OK”. Both dogs ran to me and loved . After about 3 weeks we left the house and intentionally did not shut the bathroom doors. There was no ticker tape parade when we arrived home.
Dogs want entertainment and if you’re not there they will start looking for ways to be entertained. My advice is to maintain several toys out for them to play with when you are away from the house or you can put them in a closed area, or a crate. I prefer letting them have a run of the home and other than the ticker tape parade we never had any more problems. Dogs are different and you will learn what works and what doesn’t.
We lived on a waterway in Florida and many times we would see ducks in our backyard. 1 time I let the dogs outside and saw a Mama duck and babies walking from the water. I spoke to my dogs, Lance and Heather. “Do not go near those ducks” I had their complete attention and I guarantee you they understood what I said. They left the house and went outside but did not go near the ducks. When they were finished with their business I let them indoors and praised them for their own behavior. I knew in my heart they would not hurt the ducks… and they never did!
Always, always praise your dog when they do something right. They’ll learn that this behavior is great and they get praise and hugs for it.
Loving and praising your dogs are going to be a great 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 spouse or your dog:
Lock both your wife and your dog in the trunk of a car. Let them remain for 10 minutes. Open the trunk. Learn who loves you more!