Puppy and dog training should always be humane! Training is about joy, happiness and cooperation! Anything that contravenes this is totally unacceptable!
Physical and verbal aggression that triggers emotional trauma, injury, or pain is just not acceptable in dog training. This kind of training is abusive and regarded as inhumane.
Humane training techniques like positive reinforcement on the other hand, really are a far more effective form of teaching dogs and it does not involve abuse.
Inhumane training leads to mistrust in dogs and puppies
Training that falls into the inhumane category always results in mistrust in dogs.
Puppies who are physically disciplined or verbally mistreated may well learn how to refrain from particular behaviors; but, they develop into unsocial and frightened dogs.
They will often also be suspicious of human beings, as they have learned through bad experiences with their owner that people are violent, unpredictable, and not to be trusted.
Improper corrections are regarded as inhumane
In some circumstances, corrections that are performed inappropriately are also regarded as inhumane.
A very good example of this shouting at your puppy a couple of hours after they have chewed your best shoes. In your puppy’s mind, this is simply an arbitrary act of wrath from you, that causes fear and shows them that you are not safe to be close to.
Correctly performed corrections are acceptable
There are humane methods that can be used to correct your dog or puppy during the training. But, there are several things you need to keep in mind before choosing to use correction in dog training:
- Corrections need to be made in a timely manner, as puppies have short attention spans and will not understand what they are being scolded for after a few seconds.
- Corrections should never result in fear, aggression, stress and anxiety, or any type of psychological stress in your dog.