When a poor training strategy is used, tempers can flair when Pup does not listen to instruction. No good can come from this! Getting angry at, punishing or, even yelling at Pup yields ZERO benefit and will only result in a fractured and strained human/canine relationship.
As discussed in a previous edition of the PPI Journal, your pooch is hard wired to assimilate to your family or "pack". They will look to their humans for direction and of course, reward. While some may view "treating" a dog as spoiling it, in actuality this training strategy can be the boost necessary to breach the language barrier. As animal advocates and rescuers, our Pack urges all owners to employ force free training and calm voice levels.
Long term effects of verbal and physical abuse on animals can result in (aside from injury and death) physcological damage and unwanted behaviours such as aggression. An animal driven to the point of no return through lack of training and innappropriate handling are often surrendered or dumped in rural areas to fend for themselves.
As a domesticated species, dogs are not usually equipped to survive for long in a dumping situation and, if surrendered, may not have an opportunity for rehoming unless an intervening force works with them to provide proper training and rehabilitation from unwanted behaviours.
Many animals are rescued on a daily basis from situations of abuse and/or neglect. Most are able to turn their lives around with the assistance of a community dedicated to the health and well being of animals in need of a new start in life. In the eyes of your friendly neighborhood rescuers, there are no "bad dogs". We see through the fear and aggression, the silence and the pain. We see the "good dog" in them all.