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How to Discipline a Dog

Some people think that punishment is the only way to get a dog to behave, but the truth is that it’s much better to discipline your dog and train them certain behaviors and correct ways to act and what not to do. Today we are going to talk about the correct way to discipline your dog.

Use the Word “No”

If you decide to punish your dog, it can lead to many different things down the line that you do not want to get into, so definitely do try and discipline them so that they know what they shouldn’t be doing. Whenever your dog does anything wrong, you can use the word “no” in an abrupt manner with your dog to show that you’re not happy with what they are doing. This is the best way to discipline your dog instead of punishing.

Be Consistent

The best way to use the discipline of “no” is to be consistent. Make sure that every single time your dog is misbehaving, you’re using this word “no”, because they will eventually learn that whenever they do that sort of behavior, they are going to make you unhappy.

Be Prompt

Don’t wait 5-10 minutes because they’re going to have forgotten what they have actually done and what they are being disciplined for. Be as prompt as possible and as quickly as possible when you are disciplining your dog.

Be Firm

Make sure you are doing it in an abrupt way with your dog and that they know they have done something wrong. For example, if your dog isn’t allowed on the sofa and you start to see them about jump up or they’re edging towards the sofa, use the word “no” and look at them in a very firm way, then they will get the picture.

Reward for Positive Behavior

This is called positive reinforcement. The more times you praise their positive behavior, the fewer times they’re going to show any bad behavior. For example, if your dog stopped what they are doing when you told them “no”, get them a treat to show that they have done something right.


This is the most effective way if you want to stop them from annoying other dogs, chewing or nipping at other people. If you isolate them into a particular room, this will show them that they are out of the situation. They get some time to calm down and then they can come back to the environment.

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