Dog Rewards and Reprimands
The most important part of any obedience training is providing rewards to your dog
on an especially good and cooperative behavior. Studies have shown that rewards
promote quicker learning methods as food being considered as the primary incentive.
It is therefore important all throughout the obedience training to repeatedly set
situations to practice and get treats as rewards. Praise and reward are important to
always maintaining proper dog behavior and prevent attitude problems from arising in
In their daily lives, dogs are often bombarded with stringent commands such as ‘NO’,
‘STOP’, ‘BAD DOG, which ultimately tends to become meaningless and are often
ignored. Whenever you find the great need to reprimand your dog, it would be a more
effective approach to show him immediately what you want him to do and reward him
if he gets it right. That would be a more constructive approach. For example, if you
find him gnawing at a piece of your furniture, tell him ‘OFF’ right away, and
immediately lead him to his toys and encourage him to chew on them instead. Don’t
forget to praise him or give a treat for doing so.
If a reprimand is done correctly, your voice will be sufficient enough as a command.
The best way to address a reprimand is to keep it short, sharp and immediate. It would
prove to be quite futile to nag at your dog, as they will not understand you at all.
Never reprimand him if you don’t actually catch him on the act. A lot of animal
experts adamantly discourage hitting, slapping, kicking or spanking pet dogs. This is
simply an inappropriate punishment and will only create more problems or worsen
existing problems in the future. You wouldn’t want your dog to grow overly timid or