I received a request for advice from a fellow Domme. Although I am not sure I am qualified to be dishing out advice to others, having received a request I am happy to give my view and hope it helps. An excerpt from the request is below, followed by my answer.
I had a similar situation many, many years ago. I followed the advice in a book – Owning and Training a Male Slave written by Ingrid Bellemare. It is really a case of conditioning the male.
Two things are needed. Consistency and real punishment.
CONSISTENCY means if you have a rule you must enforce it 24/7/365. If you enforce it one day and not the next (because one of you is not ‘in the mood’) the slave does not know where he is and will not feel submissive 24/7. To put it another way, he will not feel you are dominant enough to ‘deserve’ his submissiveness. Whether the rule is opening the car door for you, kissing your footwear whenever you are about to leave the house, curtseying whenever entering a room you are in – whatever the rules – any infraction must mean punishment.
Moving onto REAL PUNISHMENT. Punishment must mean punishment. That is something that the slave does not like to the extent that he is truly frightened to commit the infraction again. For practical reasons, the punishment type adopted needs to be something that can be delivered fairly quickly. While he may hate being put into TSD bondage for 8 hours, say, that requires waiting for the opportunity to do that. The wait between punishment and infraction will sometimes be too long. I consider that the punishment must be within 12 hours of the infraction whenever possible. I chose to give a caning. And not just half a dozen strokes which may cause begging and pleading, but might nonetheless be quickly forgotten and be relatively easily coped with. I probably applied a minimum of 25 hard strokes during each of the canings. A punishment bitch-boy was truly, truly afraid to receive. Not a playful punishment. Not a punishment type which was a turn-on for him. It was a punishment he wanted to avoid at all costs.
So, in the beginning of this regime, there is the most awkward atmosphere and you must use your resolve to get through it. In the beginning he will need to be punished when he is not feeling submissive towards you. When I was dishing out 25 strokes, then, possibly during the first 12 strokes say, the atmosphere was awkward and his submissive buttons where not being pressed. But I had told him that an infraction would result in the punishment and I was seeing it through. By the last five or six strokes, his submissiveness would appear, in the face of this obvious, pitiless, determined dominance. Probably within around a week of this regime, and after perhaps four such punishments, his full submissiveness to me and worship of me had returned to satisfactory levels. (It does then have to be maintained with consistency and punishment.)
It may be that you have to deliver two or three punishments that he is truly, truly frightened of, before you get to this position. Obviously the punishment does not have to be caning as long as it is a punishment he truly, truly fears and wishes to avoid at all costs. Some masochistic slaves might adore a prolonged caning so then something completely different may be needed such as, repeatedly extending their sexual denial period or only giving/allowing spoiled orgasms for a period. Hopefully you get the idea.
There are some caveats.
My toy and slave, bitch-boy, has a deeply submissive soul. He has been this way in the face of any truly dominant, cruel woman since he was around ten years old. If a slave does not have such a soul, the regime may not work, ever.
A particularly stubborn slave may also need deterrent punishments to speed up the process. These are punishments awarded when there has been no infraction, but you advise the slave that he is in need of a reminder of what would happen were he to commit an infraction. As my bitch-boy works from home, I used to, and still do, sometimes dish out a deterrent punishment before I set off for work in the morning.