|Barked: Thu Nov 29, '12 5:42pm PST |
| Love an ongoing debate on methods!
One thing I try not to do is use Rusty's name too often during commands. Use it too often and all he hears is "Rusty! blah...blah, blah, blah..."
To me, No is just a word. When did we all become so politically "correct" that such a little word is so horrific? I use the command "hurry up" when I want him to pee. Is this forcing him ruin his bladder by rushing the process? Honestly, folks, you can get your dog stop any behavior with any word. What matters is the tone & inflection you use. I generally use noise interrupters to stop an unwanted behavior, but have zero qualms about yelling No if it prevents a dangerous or threatening action. It's my job to keep him safe, and if he isn't paying attention to a hazard, I put his brakes on quick.
Rusty is a Cocker and harsh methods are not conducive to this breeds well being. BUT.....He needs to know that certain commands mean BUSINESS and he does. He is not damaged psychologically by corrections. If he was that delicate, I'd have to hide him in the basement. He is being taught to roll with what life throws at him, knowing to look to me for guidance. Good moms know when to say NO.
On the food thing, I am torn. I do not screw with his meals. He was starving for some time when he was found, and getting fed is HUGE. He will work treats, but I don't like to have a dog that only works for food. I don't like a fat dog and I do expect him to work for praise, which he eats up like a sirloin steak.
Edited by author Thu Nov 29, '12 5:55pm PST
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|