Time Out: One of The Most Effective Dog Training Methods - The Online Dog Trainer

Time Out: One of The Most Effective Dog Training Methods

When you hear the word “time out,” you probably envision a small child getting sent to his or her room for a few minutes as a punishment for doing something naughty.


Because it’s a safe, kind and effective training method that works to help children understand and cool down when their behavior has been less than desirable.

(See how I’ve trained over 37,000 dogs with kind, gentle techniques here!)

While it’s common knowledge that this discipline method works wonders for children, I’m here today to let you in on a little secret.

Time outs work equally as well for dogs! Pretty neat, right?

Believe it or not, I have stopped more unwanted dog behaviors using this simple tool than any other approach. And the best part…this disciplinary action is calm, kind and gentle–three things I believe are so important when training a dog.

I’ve had so much success using the time out method, I even wrote an entire chapter about it in my book, What the Dogs Taught Me About Being a Parent.

If you know my dog training techniques, you know the methods I use are kind and gentle and that I encourage all dog owners to take the gentle approach to curbing their dog’s behavior.

So, in an effort to help you and countless people around the world equip themselves with gentle training techniques, I want to give you a FREE audio chapter of my book What the Dogs Taught Me About Being a Parent that explains how to use doggy time out efficiently and effectively.

The chapter is called “Time Out Is A Beautiful Thing.” And I truly believe it is, since it has been one of the most useful and helpful tools in raising both my two children and my 4 dogs.

Listen to the audio, and you’ll discover…

  • Why time out is so powerful as a training tool for dogs.
  • Why simply telling your dog off often does not work.
  • How to implement a time out so it has maximum effect.
  • The power of remaining calm and silent when you are giving a time out.
  • The benefits time outs provide for you and your dog.

Download your free copy of the chapter here, or listen to it below:

Be it raising our kids, training dogs or stopping chickens from pooping all over our brand-new concrete driveway, it’s become crystal clear to me that the best and most effective training methods are those that are gentle and kind.

While I am a firm believer that dogs and kids also need clear boundaries and that they often need to be reinforced with consequences, I don’t believe that those consequences have to entail fighting, yelling or hitting.

For that reason, my mantra is that we need to use calm, consistent consequences with our dogs (and kids!).

Of course, it goes without saying that I always encourage dog owners to reward desired behaviors using some positive reinforcement, be it pats, cuddles or a reward such as a ballgame.

So, what happens then if the time out doesn’t work and your dog comes out and repeats a bad behavior?


Repeat the process of putting your dog in time out.

And what if you repeat the process multiple times and it really doesn’t work and you seem to be getting nowhere?

If it’s not working, I would suggest that the reason is because your dog thinks that he is in charge and you really have no right to put him into time out!

Let me explain!

Think of it as if a child tried to put his parent in time out because the parent did something the child didn’t like.

You think the parent will accept that and change their behavior? Think again.

The one who is at the top of the hierarchy makes the rules and does the disciplining. So, if you are really struggling with your dog’s behaviors, then it’s likely that your dog is at the top of the hierarchy and that you need to take a look at a complete training program and revisit how your dog views your position in the pack.

Honestly, nobody wants to be shouting at their dog the whole time, and there is nothing more annoying than having to repeat what you have asked again and again. Which is why saving your voice when using a time out and having another way of reinforcing what you have asked for is super powerful, and one of the most effective dog training methods.

So, when I am working with the dogs, or my kids, I use the following words to keep myself in the right zone…

Calm and Clear… Firm and Fair. Or in the words of a great man….

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence” – Leonardo Da Vinci

While you’re here, don’t forget to download your FREE chapter on time out training!

Download your free copy of the chapter here

If you really enjoyed the free chapter, you can purchase my entire Audio Book here.

Or, if you’re just looking to pick up some extra tips and tools, I encourage you to check out additional posts on my blog!


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Doggy Dan

Doggy Dan is the founder of The Online Dog Trainer, a wildly successful online training program for dog owners. His goal is to continue to share his unique approach to dog training with like-minded people who wish to make a difference in the world of dogs. His training methods focus on creating and building the connection between dogs and dog owners, and are shared and used around the world.

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