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Why Cesar Milan Never Punishes His Dogs, And What He Recommends You Do Instead

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Woman's Day

Dogs are a lot like children: they love to misbehave, but over time with a lot of hard work you can teach them to follow commands.

At least that's the theory. In reality, even a fully grown dog will develop some bad habits that will drive you up the wall - again, just like children. But what if I told you that the way you punish your dog for acting out is just reinforcing their bad behavior?

That's what dog behavior expert Cesar Milan says in a recent video explaining why he never punishes his dogs. Cesar is known around the world as "the Dog Whisperer," so it's safe to say he knows what he's talking about.

But why is punishment bad? Doesn't it teach dogs to stop repeating bad behavior? Cesar says no, in fact it mainly just lets you vent your anger and frustration without teaching your dog anything.

Instead of lashing out, he recommends dog owners practice "exercise, discipline and affection." Keep your dogs busy so they won't act out, teach them discipline using commands, and reward them with affection when they behave.

The key to following these steps effectively is learning the 4 types of punishment and reinforcement.

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