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Corrective Techniques

In training that emphasizes love, praise and affection, it is important that you use appropriate correction techniques to remedy behavior problems. Correction that is too harsh or too mild can be counter productive.

Correction should only be used after you have bonded with your pet, and he has learned to trust you. And, it should always be followed with praise once your dog has corrected the negative behavior.

What you Need...
Your primary tools for correction are:
  • Your voice
  • A leash and a collar
  • A shake can
  • A squirt bottle

The most effective communication technique is the corrective jerk.

With your dog seated or standing at your left, hold his leash firmly with both hands, allowing about three feet to drape between you and your dog. To execute a corrective jerk, pull sideways and slightly upwards on the leash and firmly say "no." At first this will startle your dog, but it will not hurt him.

After you initiate a corrective jerk, praise your dog and tell him how good he is.

While less effective, a shake can or squirt bottle may also be used in place of a corrective jerk, when your dog is not wearing his collar and leash.

Basic Dos and Don'ts...
Above all, remember the basic dos and don'ts of training.
  • Offer plenty of love and praise
  • Never strike your dog
  • Train in a quiet area
  • Limit the sessions
  • Use friendly tones for praise and firm (not yelling) tones to correct
  • Use your hands to pet and hug
  • Most important...BE PATIENT


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