I feel that animals shouldn’t be hit. You are able to maintain a degree of discipline without hitting a dog. When they come to you as a puppy or an older dog you’ll have to teach them what’s expected of them. A properly disciplined dog will provide you all their love and attention for years but you need to teach them what’s acceptable behavior.
A firm”NO” is all they have to teach them appropriate behavior and what you anticipate. No yelling or hitting is required. After they display a specific behavior that’s not acceptable, you will need to receive their attention and be firm when you say”NO”. Your pet will learn that each and every time they do a specific thing they have this alpha (leader of the pack puppy ) admonishing them. It may take several times for your dog to know what you would like. 1 day, thankfully, when they do something which isn’t allowed you can say”NO” and they will often stop. After a while you may find they no longer exhibit that behaviour. They are really smart and need more than anything to please you.
When we had our Shelties (female and male ), 1 day we came home to toilet paper strewn all around the house. It was only toilet paper. They waited until I moved to them and said”OK”. Both dogs ran to me and loved . After about 3 weeks we left the house and intentionally did not shut the toilet doors. There was no ticker tape parade once we arrived home.
Dogs want entertainment and if you’re not there they will start looking for ways to be entertained. My advice is to maintain several toys outside for them to play with when you’re away from the home or you can put them in a closed area, or a crate. I prefer letting them have a run of the home and besides the ticker tape parade we never had any more problems. Dogs are different and you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t.
1 time I let the dogs outside and watched a Mama duck and babies walking from the water. I talked to my own dogs, Lance and Heather. “Don’t go near those ducks” I had their complete attention and I guarantee you they knew what I said. They left the house and went outside but didn’t go near the ducks. When they were finished with their company I let them indoors and praised them for their own behavior. I knew in my heart that they wouldn’t hurt the ducks… and they never did!
They’ll learn that this behaviour is great and they get compliments and hugs for it.
Loving and praising your dogs are going to be a excellent experience with years of pleasure and happiness you will both share. They’re truly Fur Babies!
Let them remain for 10 minutes. Learn who loves you more!