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A firm pat to reinforce behavior?

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I was just curious about something. I am a believer in not abusing animals. When I see an animal that has been abused I really want to abuse the owner. That being said, I've never seen anything wrong with/abusive about a small tap along with a tone to deter from chewing on something or climbing on furniture. In packs the alpha will nip at a pup who gets out of line. This would be the equivalent. Something that does not bring out fear, but respect. I do realize that much can be taught through positive reinforcement. This drives most of my training. For instance, I would not "pat" a pup for using the bathroom in the house. I'm more at fault for not keeping up with when and how much she eats than she is. So any thoughts?
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Thanks for the quick response. I do to claim to be an expert trainer by any means. I am an animal lover who wants the best for my new pup. Which is why I am on here seeking advice. I don't want to train the wrong way. So, what is the correct way to teach a pup to stay off the furniture? By the way, thanks for answering politely. I am apart of several different forums related to different subjects. Some I am quite knowledgeable of and others (like do training) I'm not. However, I've seen people immediately jump down others' throats without even trying to have an intelligent conversation. I was expecting someone who has seen animals abused to respond from those feelings and jump down my throat.
Also, in my original post I didn't say that I use "positive punishment" in most of my training. I said I used positive reinforcement, such as giving a treat for doing good, in most of my training. If it helps with any advice, my pup is a 4 month old, female lab/Aussie mix and stays indoors.
Got it! I'll put the advice to good use. Thanks!
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