Negative Punishment, What is it and How it Works for Your Dog’s Behavior

In the world of psychology, the definition of Negative Punishment is removing a desirable stimulus or opportunity in order to make an unwanted behavior decrease. A good example of negative punishment is the ‘be a tree’ scenario where you stop moving forward as soon as the dog puts pressure on the leash. Negative…you took away forward motion. Punishment…the dog behavior decreases. In human terms, a monetary fine is a negative punishment. They are taking your money in order to make your associated behavior decrease. As with any training method, you must be totally consistent and your punishment well-timed. You must also make it as easy as possible for your dog to give you the right answer, thereby avoiding the punishment. To this end, start working with your dog in a very low distraction environment, and give ample reward for correct answers.

Your Dog’s Training Distraction

As your dog becomes more reliable, up the distraction level. Negative punishments are not meant to be fun or enjoyable (and certainly never abusive), which means you may get reactions of displeasure from your dog. Those reactions might include heightened energy, frustration, anxiety, etc. This is by no means a reason not to use this technique. In fact, negative punishment paired with positive reinforcement is a very powerful team of dog training techniques. As with any dog training technique, it is always a good idea to research it and understand it before you begin using it to train your dog.

Dog Training, Anxiety and CBD Oil

By now, you have most likely heard about CBD oil. Studies show CBD oil helps with an array of symptoms, including anxiety. Some dog trainers and behaviorists have turned to CBD oil as a tool to help manage an anxiety-stricken dog. They give the dog enough CBD oil to calm them for training. If you are curious about the benefits of CBD oil for your dog, whether for anxiety, arthritis pain (osteoarthritis), inflammation, nausea, you can easily find it. However, choose carefully. Search for the following words: full spectrum from agricultural hemp, non-GMO, non-psychoactive, CO2-extracted (no chemical solvents), organic super food. Why organic superfoods? Because you will find many CBD oil treats out there for your dog but the treat itself may not be that healthy to give your dog. The price may be cheaper but it is a poor tradeoff for quality. Therefore, look for healthy supplements or treats that have been infused with a quality CBD oil.

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