One night, two boys decide to swear in front of their mother to see what happens. The next morning they come for breakfast and the mother asks "So what would you boys like for breakfast?"
The first boy says, "I'll have some f***ing Cheerios."
"What did you say? the mother blows up and gives him such a smack that he falls off his chair.
She then asks the other boy, "What do you want for breakfast?"
The boy replies, "I don't know but not f***ing Cheerios, that's for sure."
We laughed—it's a pretty funny joke.
Then I suddenly saw a parallel to dog training.
How much can a dog learn from being punished?
Not only punishing your dog will hurt your relationship—is there any way the dog can actually figure out what they're being punished for?
A human being should be able to reason out what the real cause of the punishment was. Though, let's face it, overall, as a species, we don't learn very well at all.
If the dog cannot figure out what the problem was, how are they going learn anything?
Dogs are very good learners but only when they understand the cause and effect. With punishment, the best case scenario is that they won't learn much of anything. The worst case scenario is that they'll learn fear.
I think we should all mediate on this joke and how it relates to dog training.
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Creative Solutions And An Incidental Product Review
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Staying On Top Of The Ears: Cookie Is Not Impressed
Who's Training Whom? Stick And Treat
Observation Skills Of Dogs
If You Want Your Dog To Do Something, Teach It
Tricks? It's Not Just About The Tricks
What Constitutes The Perfect Dog?
Are Dog Training Classes Really For The Dogs?
Look Where You Want To Go: Finding My Reactive Dog Training Zen Zone?
Dog Training And Emotions
Dog Training And Emotions: Postscript
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Not All Dog Trainers Were Created Equal Either
A Thought On Separation Anxiety
Happy One-Year Adoptoversary, Cookie!
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So, We Have A Bear
About Happiness: What Makes Your Dog Happy?
Our Example Of The Use Of "Look At That" (LAT)
Why Do Dogs Dig?
Who Is In The Wrong?
Your Dog Wants To Follow You. You Just Gotta Be Going Some Place
We Still Have Two Dogs: A "Pilot Study" Part Two
Early Winter Safety: Exploring New Territories
Cookie Is Okay. We ... Might Be, Eventually. (Don't Try This At Home)
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Give Your Dog What They Need, Get What You Want
Cookie, The First Of The Great Hunting Rottweilers
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Dog Communication: Be Good to Cookie or She'll Tell on You
The Benefit of the Doubt
Putting The Guilty Dog Look To Rest?
The Stench of Fear: Is There Good and Bad Timing for Vet Visits?
I am a Helicopter Dog Mom
Routines: Easy Come, Hard to Go
Things Always Change: Cookie's Hunting Adventures
The Advantage of Your Dog Not Barking All the Time: Cookie Saves Horses' Asses
"Look at That" (LAT) Game and Barking at Traffic
The Role of Thresholds in Dog Training and Behavior
Dog Days of Summer: Keeping an Eye on Cookie
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