On dog walks, on a walk or in the dog school, the phrase "he must go through!" In dog training, it seems, some owners are of the opinion that dogs need hardening to learn. But is there something wrong or is that a mistake?
Dogs are very adaptable and in the many millennia of their domestication have adjusted to living together and working with humans. True, the bond between animal and owner, are basically consistent, clarity and patience in dog training, so that the four-legged adheres to the desired rules.
However, we humans must not forget that our animal friends still have their instincts. To respond with hardening and compulsion to unwanted behaviors of the dog, would be the wrong way.
"There he has to go through!": Error or truth?
As long as two foreign dogs play peacefully together, you do not have to intervene. But if it comes to quarrels or bullying and your dog is afraid, he needs your help. In such situations, when your four-legged friend seeks your protection or the other dog is physically superior to him and plays too wildly, it would be a mistake to say, "There he has to go!" dismiss. That would not lead to hardening, but increase or trigger the anxiety and insecurity of your dog. If he then realizes that he can not rely on his caregiver in moments that make him feel insecure and stressful, his bond with each other suffers - and that in turn makes dog training more difficult.
Dog training: adaptation yes, hardening no
If you want to get through hardening through dog training, it is better to start small and get support from a dog trainer if necessary. This is advisable, for example, if your dog has already developed an anxiety disorder. Systematic desensitization is the technical term for when your four-legged friends gradually get used to an anxiety-inducing stimulus. For example, it makes little sense to send your dog outside the door in case of lightning and thunder to harden it, if he is afraid of thunderstorms. Instead, you should carefully accustom your little scaredy cat to the sounds and provide it with a safe haven during a thunderstorm in the house.
Dogs have to adapt to many things that do not correspond to their natural instinct when living with their human. They learn to walk on a leash, to eat the food that they get, to understand commands and to behave in public. That alone requires a lot of frustration tolerance, impulse control, and willingness to learn. There is no need to ask him to endure and endure situations that can cause him fear or even become dangerous for him.