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Psychological Damage

One of the points I always try to drive home to people getting a new puppy is how important it is to keep self control and not lose your temper to the point that you hit your dog. We have all seen the dogs that are scared of everything, some to the point of submissive urinatation. That result could have come from one short fused owner that got upset over a chewed up valuable or an accident on the new carpet. One moment that you allowed yourself to hit your dog may cause a lifetime of cowering fear and submissive urination.

I understand that we are human. We have tempers and most of the time if we could have taken a second and not just reacted we would have handled the situation much better. It is the same with kids. The difference is that when we make a mistake with our kids, they are intelligent enough to know that we do make mistakes but still love them. Dogs arent so easy to forget that blow up and every time your hand goes up quickly they are going to remember getting wacked and cower or run away.

None of us want to make mistakes. None of us want to ruin our dogs. My advise is to try to plan ahead for every problem that you might run into and plan on how you will react. “If Fido has an accident on the carpet I will firmly correct with a loud NO and take him out to where he should go to relieve himself. If he finishes in the right area I will praise like crazy.” Try to think up anything that might happen and then plan your reaction. Its always easier to make the right choice when a situation arises if you have already decided how you will react.

It wont be easy but I promise you that it will be worth it. You and your dog will obviously have a much better relationship and be much happier.

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