When Punishment Can Backfire
One of the worst things people do when they are trying to train a dog for recalls is to punish a dog who hasn't come right away. Think about it. Your dog takes off up the street. You call her. She doesn't hear you. Or maybe she does hear you, but she's having too much fun to come to you.
Finally, you manage to catch up to her and get your hand on her collar. If you punish her now, you'll only teach her one thing: that letting you catch her results in bad things.
So, no matter how frustrated you are, no matter how embarrassing it is to be seen running after your dog, no matter how upset or angry you feel, you must always, always make your dog glad when she is finally back near you again.
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