A person who yells at their dog is ruining their dog’s life!
That’s the headline of a new report in Science Alert. The study found that screaming at dogs scares them for the long term - and using patience and positivity is a much, much better training method. For the research, hundreds of dogs were studied. Half came from reward-based training programs, and the other half came from aversion training schools, which use fear to make dogs behave.
And the study found that dogs taught with yelling and leash-jerking were more stressed, with higher levels of the hormone cortisol.
They also exhibited more stress-related behaviors and body language, like lip-licking, paw-raising, yawning and yelping. Dogs trained with negative methods were also evaluated to be depressed! And they developed long-term fear after being yelled at. So never let anyone train your dog with fear-based tactics. Only use positive reinforcement for a happier, better behaved and less stressed dog!