Aversives: How To Avoid Using Them In Your Dog'S Life
Aversives are things a dog finds distasteful or uncomfortable. They are most effective when paired with the dog's training. While they may be effective in some situations, there are a number of problems with their use. Before you can use them, it's important to understand what's considered aversive behavior. Pay attention to your dog's reaction to aversive foods. Some dogs may stop chewing the table leg at the first taste of bitter apple sprays, while others enjoy the taste of sweet apple. If you use an aversive food, only use it sparingly. Don't overuse aversive tactics. This includes spraying your dog with water when it jumps on the counter. The dog learns what is acceptable behavior when it does what you ask. Fearful dogs usually don't react well to aversives. A loud noise that might startle one dog off the kitchen counter can make a fearful dog afraid to ever enter the kitchen again. Aversives should be avoided with dogs that are timid or who scare easily. Research shows that dogs who are punished are more likely to react with aggression. When you give your dog a leashing correction or hit it, for example, the dog may growl, snap, or bite in response. The solution is to punish bad behavior with an over the counter aversive collar. There is much debate about the use of shock collars. Some people think the shock causes dogs pain. Other questionable methods of aversiving include hitting, leashing, alpha roll, and the use use of choke or prong collars . Positive reinforcement is recommended over punishment because it teaches dogs what they actually want. . . .