How to reverse the ill effects of pet punishment training

Everyone has their own opinion regarding punishment training for pet dogs and while it may be an effective training tool, without proper guidance and knowledge it can cause permanent mental and behavioral damage that can be dangerous for both the pet and their owners.

There are pet dogs that end up in a Virginia Beach animal hospital or animal shelter, apparently abandoned by their owners who have given up on their pet dogs on failed training methods or “do it yourself” obedience training that ended up worse than expected.

One of the most common problems that have been associated with misused punishment as a training tool is that dogs become too aggressive even with their owners, which often leads to them being given up on or abandoned in a Virginia veterinary clinic or animal shelter.

Is punishment training effective?

The term punishment training is often misunderstood and taken literally to mean corporal punishment in pet training

There are commonly two types of punishment training methods for dogs – positive and negative. When people talk about punishment as a training tool, it is often referred to as positive punishment. This involves training in which a dog’s undesirable behaviors are “punished” by using an aversive action, such as loud noises using air horns or clanging metals, a muzzle hold, chin cuff, or holding the dog down on the floor.

Negative punishment, on the other hand, takes away a reward when a dog does not do the desired behavior and aims to “punish” an undesired behavior, such as removing a toy, losing a reward or token, and being grounded for a period of time to correct the undesired behavior.

In both types, it does not mean punishment by using pain or force to compel the dog to obey that result in aggression. This is often caused by misguided pet owners believing that aggression is a normal dog trait and misconstrue punishment as a pain and force tool to train their dogs.

How to reverse the ill effects of wrong punishment training

The effects of such ill methods cannot be cured overnight because dogs are creatures of habit and their behavioral traits take time to develop.

Start with observing your dog and take note of the situations and circumstances that trigger aggression as well as the surroundings. It is vital to deal with the stimuli for these aggressive responses so you will know how what triggers it.

Next, go to your nearest Virginia Beach animal hospital or veterinary clinic to check if there are possible health issues that cause their aggressive behavior which could have resulted from the pain punishment training the dog was subjected to.

It could also be a possible reason for a dog to respond aggressively due to pain or a health condition.

Seek professional help

At time it may be difficult to deal with an aggressive dog, but with consistency, commitment, and affection you can change your dog’s behavior. Do not hesitate to seek help from a dog behaviorist to help you and provide guidance in reorienting your dog.