Why you should never spank your dog

Try positive reinforcement rather than spanking

Let’s face it, most dogs misbehave from time to time.  While it may be tempting to correct the bad behavior with a spank, you should never discipline your dog physically.  Spanking is confusing to your dog, may cause your dog to become hand-shy or fearful of you, and most importantly, doesn’t teach him the desired behavior.

If your dog is misbehaving, what is a better method of correcting him? Any unpleasant stimulus will work to let your dog know his behavior is unwanted.  A negative stimulus may be something such as a loud noise (shaking a can of coins, for example), or a brief tug on the leash.  The negative result teaches him to avoid the behavior.  Your dog must receive the negative stimulus at the same time the bad behavior occurs; otherwise, he will not associate the negative result with the behavior.  A stern voice is oftentimes all that is necessary to correct many dogs.

The best way to teach your dog the desired behavior is with positive reinforcement when he behaves correctly.  For example, rather than spanking a dog for urinating in the house, provide an opportunity for him to relieve himself in an appropriate place and then praise him lavishly when he performs.

Remember, your dog loves physical contact, as long as it is not done in anger. Most dogs even enjoy light spanking done playfully. Avoid physical punishment and you can ensure your dog always looks forward to your touch.

What are your thoughts on spanking a pet?

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  1. Angel Ms. Phoebe's Fur SibsAugust 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm · Reply

    I call spanking abuse and an act of ignorance and laziness on the owner’s part. It is just a stupid fix by a dumb human who cannot apply appropriate discipline because they cannot control their anger and do not have the patience to learn proper methods of dog training. I have met so many dumb people who do this and then are surprised when it does nothing to correct the behavior except make their dog fearful and aggressive of humans. Those who cannot understand and follow proper dog training and advice have no business having a dog or any other pet, and especially a human child. Stupid is as stupid does as the saying goes.

  2. I have a puppy, I reward her for going potty outside and scold her with a loud voice when she has accidents inside and bring her outside immediately. Lately she has been jumping on the furniture and urinating. I scold her and bring her out. But it happens multiple times a day now. I’ve never spanked her and I am against animal abuse but the comment the last said about ignorance and laziness is rude. I grew up learning that it was okay to flick an animals nose to correct something or make it stop and that it was okay to even hold the mouth closed of your barking dog to get it to stop. I was spanked and grew up just fine and respectful and not abusive at all. With that said, I am sticking to positive reinforcement for my puppy but what’s a better way to treat this case now it has escalated?

  3. to Mrs. Phoebes Fur Sibs.,

    If you called me or anyone i know “a dumb person”, not only would i spank you, but i would beat the shit out of you. i think you are one of those people who have “internet muscles” and are a complete coward. as far as spanking animals, a light tap, and stern, or upset voice is one way that may work. read up on animal psychology my dear friends, and disregard post by people like “Ms Phoebe”.

  4. That’s a load of crap. Do you know what a mother dog does to her pups to train them. She will beat the living crap out of them and that seems to have worked for several million years. I’ve whipped every dog I’ve had when they misbehave and none of them was hand shy and all became very obedient and well behaved. They become hand shy from abuse not discipline. There is a difference. You reward the dog for good behavior and show them love, they understand the difference. And if you beat the dog’s butt for jumping on the furniture and urinating, it would stop immediately.

  5. to Mrs. Phoebes Fur Sibs.,


  6. Phoebe’s,

    You are an idiot who probably has dogs that walk all over and dominate you without you even knowing it. The rest of us intelligent dog owners do not put up with that behavior.

    Does a mother dog or pack leader give a misbehaving dog a timeout, stern voice, or praise to control behavior?? Heck no! A misbehaving dog will quickly get its butt torn up by a mother/pack leader and it learns from it. So has every dog I’ve owned. My dogs have never been abused or fearful and have been some of the best behaved and of the best disposition that you could ever hope to come across….but there’s not a one of them that didn’t get a good whooping every now and then for bad behavior.

    The above posters and I apparently all share the same sentiment and obviously this works. Stop letting your animals (and most likely children too) make you their doormat. Physical punishment is almost always required in the raising of a pet or person.

    • The mother is not going to be its life long companion either….she knows that…and she never beats the crap out of her own pups either…that is absoutely not true….I would hate to see how cowed down your animals are…I can tell from the way you post things you are nothing but a bully …Period

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