06-14-2018, 08:25 PM
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If I speak to my dog in a stern, angry voice, he cowers and sometimes even pees. And I've never so much as rasied a hand at him. Some dogs are sensitive. It broke my heart to see how I was scaring him so I had to change my approach.
My advice to you is to stop punishing him, period. I don't know what behaviors you're punishing your dog for, but try to redirect him or train him to do another specific behavior instead. If my dogs bark, I either ask them to be quiet (a specific trainable behavior) or I redirect them with a bone or a toy. If they jump at me, I ask them to sit instead. I think dogs feel better when they know what TO do, instead of what not to do.
Also, I prevent things wherever I can. They can be counter surfers, so I don't leave out unattended food. I move the trash can out of reach, close the doors to off-limits rooms, and do my best to set the pups up for success. And sometimes I come home and someone had an accident or they still manage to get the trash. I just clean it up, it is what it is.
If he's having that kind of reaction I think you should change your approach. Good luck 🙂