The Top 5 Ways to Ruin Your Dog

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Want a short list on how to ruin that cute ball of fluff in your lap or at your side?

Okay, so “ruin” is a pretty harsh word and dogs are very resilient; but there are some things that you can do either knowingly  or unknowingly that put the odds in favor of your dog ending up at a shelter and losing his life instead of staying with you and becoming a great pet.

yell#5.  Yell At Him With No Constructive Information

If you want to ruin your dog be sure and yell at him “NOOOOOO!!!!!” but don’t help him learn by teaching him what you want.

Just yell spontaneously whenever he does something you don’t like and hope he realizes what you want.

Why This Doesn’t Work

Dogs need to be taught specific information, if you don’t want him jumping on the counter teach him to stay with you or give him constructive information like “off” or “leave it” when he jumps up so he learns specifically what you want.

Dogs are not mind readers and yelling NO!!!  Just teaches them to ignore the NO!! and they will continue the bad behavior.

#4.  Teach Him That His Name or Coming When Called is Bad

If you want to ruin your dog be sure to use his name when you are mad at him and punish him when he comes to you; when he comes throw him in his crate so that he associates coming to you with bad things instead of happiness and enjoyment.

Why This Doesn’t Work

Dogs don’t realize if time has passed between your calling, his romping and then his coming; instead he associates the last behavior with being bad or being wrong.

So, if your dog finally comes to you after 20 minutes be happy that he came and don’t dwell on the 20 minute romp.  Instead, don’t let the romp happen again and teach your dog to Come No Matter What (for more on that click here).

Also remember to only use his name for good things or he will associate his name as a bad thing or bad command.  Dogs aren’t children and you can’t use their name and then yell at them without having severe consequences arise when you use their names.

If your dog gets loose you WANT him to WANT to come back or he is likely to be run over by a car or never seen again.

#3.  Don’t Potty Train Him, He’s So Small You Won’t Mind

Thanks Good House Keeping for the Photo

Thanks Good House Keeping for the Photo

If you want to ruin your dog, don’t potty train him; or be super lax with his potty training inside by letting him potty wherever he wants whenever he wants.  He’s so small that you won’t mind cleaning up after him for life right?

Why This Doesn’t Work

People eventually do mind.  They get new carpet, they move, they move in with someone, they have children or they just get bothered by constantly stepping in dog urine and feces.

Nothing sends a small dog to their death faster than not truly caring about potty training.  Dogs need to be taught and small dogs need to be educated even more so than the bigger guys because they are more likely to have accidents in the house without being bothered by them.

For help with potty training outdoors click here.

For help training your puppy to go potty indoors click here.

#2.  Avoid Training and Structure and Be Sure to Baby Him

The Actual Writer of Our Blog... Thanks Funny Junk for the Photo

The Actual Writer of Our Blog… Thanks Funny Junk for the Photo

If you want to ruin your dog be sure to avoid dog obedience training, structure or discipline because these things will only diminish their personality or make them unhappy; after all nothing likes to work right?

Why This Doesn’t Work

Dogs that end up at shelters are the ones no one works with on obedience or manners.

Dogs that feel entitled or are spoiled are usually the ones that develop severe aggression and aggression is a death sentence when they go to a shelter.

Dogs not only need obedience, they also like structure and working, even small dogs!

Who would rather work until old age and not want retirement?  YOUR DOG!!!

Over-bonding could actually be dangerous for you and your dog; for more on that read I Love You to Death; Why Over-bonding is Bad, Even Dangerous for Your Dog

Dogs love working and working dogs are often happier than spoiled pets because they get to use their minds and do something constructive.

#1. Physically Punish Him; Punch Him in the Face, Use Prong Collars, and “Correct” His Behavior However You Can

If you want to ruin your dog be sure to physically punish him.  Hit him, kick him, yank him with a prong collar or zap him with a shock collar.  This will ensure a terrified or aggressive ball of fur when you finally give up on his behavior and drop him off at a shelter.

Why This Doesn’t Work

Holes in the Neck of a Dog from a Prong Collar. This is NOT helpful for Learning. Thanks Puggles and Pitties for the Photo

Holes in the Neck of a Dog from a Prong Collar. This is NOT helpful for Learning. Thanks Puggles and Pitties for the Photo

Although most people think that physical correction and punishment solidify behavior and increase their likelihood of not happening again studies show that this is not the case.

Not only is punishment not effective for learning, because it comes AFTER the fact it is also not conducive to learning!

Fear inhibits learning.  What is your biggest fear?  Now imagine yourself; locked in a coffin, covered in spiders, or falling off of a skyscraper…could you LEARN something new while dealing with your fear?   Chances are your ability to learn a new skill would be seriously affected.   During this stress could you listen to and comply to given instructions even if you knew how to do it?  I probably couldn’t!

If you use your body does that mean others could?  So your dog threatens to bite you and you hit him; he might not threaten to bite you again but he might threaten to bite your nephew.  Not everyone is willing or capable of issuing a good correction and sometimes dogs kill their owners when a fight breaks out.  Are you willing to die to correct your dog?  Truthfully your physicality is putting others at risk.

As the thinking animal we should be able to use our minds to get our dogs to do what we want them to do; not our bodies.

Your dog is probably terrified when he incurs a beating, and compulsion  and even if it is during or after he has jumped on you, chances are he doesn’t understand the intricacies of why you just lost your temper.  In his mind, he is simply excited to see you and wants to be closer to you!

If you are a reformed punishment, or physical type trainer and you are looking for success….you must go back to square one and build your relationship together.  Start over and teach him to trust you.  YOU are in control of your emotions and you know when you are reaching a point that you need to stop if you get frustrated.  But hopefully as you change your style and you dog recognizes how your relationship has changed he will be more willing to learn and make mistakes and build a strong relationship together!

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Comments

  1. Dhruv Bhagat says:

    One who is doing such things to his dog doesn’t have a heart.. Its better for a dog to run away from that house…

    This is really sick!!

    If you’re a dog owner of a new pup, you need to teach everything to him like parents teach their kids… This is important for you and your dog to be happy!

    Great article Minette! People need to learn and stop punishing! 🙂

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  2. CAROL SCOTT says:

    I HAVE A 6 YR. OLD SHIZ-TZU AND HE CAN BE VERY NICE AND WANT TO BE AROUND YOU, BUT DOES NOT WANT TO HE HELD OR PICKED UP. FOR NO REASON AT ALL HE WILL HAUL OFF AND BITE YOU. HE DOES NOT LIKE YOU TO TOUCH HIS FACE OR HIS FRONT PAWS, OR HIS TAIL OR HE WILL BITE YOU. HE IS BARKY BUT SEEMS TO REALLY LIKE OTHER PEOPLE TO THE POINT OF LETTING THEM DO TO HIM THAT HE WILL NOT ALLOW US TO. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED IN HIM FOR WE HAD A FEMALE THAT LIVED TO BE 16 AND SHE WAS AN ANGEL COMPARED TO HIM. TELL ME WHAT TO DO. MY HUSBAND WILL NOT GET AFTER HIM WHEN HE BITES HIM. HELP!!!
    CAROL SCOTT

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    Minette Reply:

    When you have a biter or an aggressive dog, I suggest you contact a veterinary behaviorist.

    I can’t see the behavior so I don’t want to put you in harms way of being bitten. They can see it and put you all on a behavior modification program.

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  3. Jessica says:

    how do you know when A dog is too spoiled.

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    Minette Reply:

    He is too spoiled if you dote on him for no reason and he doesn’t listen to your commands.

    If he listens to you and you can get him to work for you then you can treat him or give him affection.

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  4. Norma says:

    My dog Kadia and I am very close. We both have been going to classes since she was 8 weeks old and she will be 2 in May. She has passed her CGC and is the greatest dog I have ever had. I take here when ever I can and we spend all but a couple of days together. My problum is when I have to leave her she screams and jumps and runs around like a crazy dog. I have talked talked to her and loved on her, tried to ignore her, give her treats, but she just does not want me to go. I just need some help with this, it tears me up and I don’t want her to be so miserable that I am leaving. The neighbors say that she calms down after I am out of site, it’s just the leaving that is bad.
    What do you recommend.

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    Minette Reply:

    You need to distance yourself from her a little, you are spending too much time with her and it is bad for her.

    Dogs need to be dogs occasionally and hang out by themselves and learn to be okay. If we take them everywhere they then don’t understand being left.

    In order to get them used to it, we need to do it more often and on a regular basis; even if you can take your dog sometimes leave her. Give her a great bone and head out for a while.

    Read this http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/love-death-overbonding-bad-dangerous-dog/

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  5. Maria Maguire says:

    Help
    I have four boxers Last year we took in 2 pups at 1 day old and hand reared them all was good until they weee about 6 months old and one pup would fight with my older boxer it was terrible. Both of the pups are very loveable to all of us but growl and show aggression towards people thay don’t know my vet told me they have fear aggression. What can I do to help stop this
    many thanks
    maria

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    Minette Reply:

    Ask your vet for a referral to a veterinary behaviorist. http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/recommend-veterinary-behaviorist-dog-trainer/

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  6. Ava says:

    We just got a 6 wk old pom-poo mix that weighs 19oz. We are breaking her to a potty pad and she is doing fairly well. Can you give me a ball park idea how long this should take for full training? Thanks!

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    Minette Reply:

    Potty pads often ruin potty training. I would stick with outside potty training or using one of those indoor grass pads.

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  7. Barbi claus says:

    i have a 7 mo old chihuahua he barks all the time even. At my husband not at me hubby fixes his food keeps his pads clean puts him in crate at night dog goes in cage without any resistance has never had an accident in house plays well but will not come when called or stop barking am i expecting too much too soon?

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    Minette Reply:

    nope look up articles on quiet and come. There is a search box at the top of the page

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  8. Carol says:

    My husband an I have a Yorkie puppy (22 mos. old)., and he is wonderful. He’s a good watchdog, barking at strangers and dogs walking by, or strange noises. He also barks at us when we drive up in the car. He’s wonderful with visitors, but on occasion, he nips at certain people’s pant legs or bare legs. Has never hurt anyone, and we can’t determine why he does this. Thunder and lightening doesn’t bother him, but lately we have been having a lot of construction in and near our neighborhood, and he has become terrified of the big trucks and other heavy equipment, and won’t go out to go potty! We have some other small (or big) issues, but I’ll save them for another time. Thanks for your help.

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  9. Vi says:

    I have a yorkie who when woke out of a sleep jumps on my smaller dog attacks him him. He barks at our cat alot and we have keep cat in another room. I took her to Handi Dog but she paid very little attention to commands, was only interested in the other dogs. I am now going to have in house training and hope I canthis works. I am willing to do what it takes to have a well behaved dog. She :-)ignores my commands when she is barking and jumping on gate that separates her from cat. I need help, from reading issues of other dogs I know I’veI have done wrong and hope I can learn the right way to train her.
    She is a year old and herds the other dogs away from me.

    Thank you for listening, I just want a well behaved dog,trained right.

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