I personally do not like to punish, it means a continued and conscious lack of the slave and that is something that bothers me because although it may consist of some kind of provocation, represents to me a lack of respect.
For a minor offense you can apply a corrective, but when the lack is serious can not go unanswered. And of course, if the error still persists, take more drastic measures.
I resort to punishment when absolutely necessary, but do not enjoy it for what I said. I do not usually punish a slave without reason, I think there must be a specific reason, unless I feel playful and “punish” for the pleasure of it, although I know that in these cases the slave will do this or that because I want.
I neither apply nor impose punishments “in hot”. If I’m upset I prefer to let things cool down and, even allowing to spend some time (time that the slave will keep waiting for my decision), the punishment will not go unpunished. Thus the lesson is usually higher than with immediate punishment and not meditated.
I do not like threats, or I punish or I do not, but playing with threats dampens the effect of what I want to achieve.
And, needless to say, once the punishment has been the issue is settled. Not good for either party to insist on a fault that has already been paid because grudges and insecurities can arise that eventually may undermine the relationship.
I like punishments involving emotional effort for the slave and which involves so he knows at all times that he does because he must, not only because I ordered him. But there are so many ways to punish as we can imagine, to each is applied the harder for him, otherwise it would not be a punishment and could reoffend without fear of consequences.