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.

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