Giving your dog a time out, while attempting any behavior modification program. Has unfortunately became part, of the new dog training and behavior terminologies that are commonly used by a number of today’s animal professionals.
The premise of the ‘Time out” is to enable your dog to have a moment of reflection, on his own behaviors. And that, any behavior modification process that successfully integrates the use of time outs, will ultimately have positive results with the animal.
For most of you reading this, I don’t have to tell you how stupid this is. Half the human population, lacks the ability to reflect on their own behaviors. Yet some trainers expect a dog, to reflect on theirs.
NOW, giving your dog a time out, is useful for one thing and one thing only. To give you a break. If you find that, while you are attempting to train your dog, you start getting frustrated or annoyed. Put him, wherever, you normally put him. Whether it is outside, a crate, his pen or a bedroom. This is so you can regain control over your emotions and calm down.
So remember, giving your dog a time out, doesn’t teach your dog anything. The dogs time out is for you.
The Spirit Dog
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