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. I spank my puppy when she poops in the house. I have been trying to house train her for over a month now and she doesn’t listen to me yet. I don’t abuse her. I love her, she’s even a service dog. I give her the best food and as many toys as I can. But when she does wrong I really don’t have any other choice. I’m not against caving them. I just don’t have one so I can’t really do much else but spank her until I do get a cage. She knows when I’m pissed because I do yell. But she still loves me no matter what.

  2. Caging*

  3. I grew up in a family who raised German Shepherds and we never abused our dogs but we did occasionally mimics a mother dogs bite with our hands ( forming a claw with your hand and either quickly pushing or grabbing at the dog ) combined with a loud voice. Watching our mother Shepherds teach their puppies respect we learned that puppies were taught respect and the appropriate behaviors not with gentleness but with discipline. The mothers would bite, growl, and snarl at her puppies when they stepped out of line. One mother even stepped up her dicipline when her puppy tried to eat from her bowl, she took her puppies muzzle in her mouth and shook him and growled at him while he whined, her discipline was not gentle, the mother didn’t use JUST “positive reinforcement” that’s not how puppies learn.

    In fact, that’s now how animals in general learn. Animals process information and learn differently than humans do and many trainers try and humanize dogs and take a gentle approach and call it ” natural” when it’s anything but natural, they are not “people” they are animals.. This doesn’t mean a dog should be beaten or abused but it does mean the dog should be disciplined when it acts out of line.

    Discipline combined with reinforcement for good behaviors is how dogs learn.

  4. I find denying a treat works well to avoid negative behavior. It’s surprising how many words a dog understands.

  5. Krishna Dawn Brown-KrolczykJuly 22, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    I think hitting a dog or human as a form of discipline is lazy and imaginative. There must be consequences for bad behavior but hitting is for people who just react and don’t think. The only useful thing hitting teaches is that there is a consequence. Other than than, it teaches that violence is a good way to handle your problems and you cannot trust people who are supposed to be caring for you. Hitting is a fast, knee jerk reaction for people who have no self control and were probably beat as children. They think hitting is a good way to solve problems because that is what they were taught as children.

  6. I have never touched any of my dogs besides a quick light jerk on the training (choker, I hate that term) collar for the sound when correcting an unwanted action. It is just my belief that for my dogs all touch is praise and affection. I would never tell anyone who dose spank or slap a dogs for a discipline/correction that they are bad owners or lazy as long as it is not abusive. Just like people say there are many ways to crack an egg, so too are there many ways to train and discipline/correct your dog. My dog has his AKC Canine Good Citizen and is starting Therapy Dog Training and is a very well behaved young man, at times when off leash he can get into trouble/mischief, but in a mellow but stern voice “NO” stops all unwanted behavior and will bring him to me in a seated position with his full attention until I release him with an “OK” then he is off and happy as can be. He dose learn from just “NO” and a tug correction if on leash, it might take a few corrections but he gets it quickly. My only fear with touch as a discipline/correction is that there is a chance a dog could become fearful and when fear is the reason they are following commands you really do not have an obedient dog in my opinion. A dog that is following commands or discipline/correction and knows that he will be getting praised or play time with their special toy will always come running when called and follow any command because the reward is what they crave more than anything….it’s you.

  7. You all need to stop disrespecting Mrs Phoebe, everyone has their own right to their opinions!

  8. I think ms phoebe is a dumb ass with out of control dogs

  9. I enjoy spanking my dog for misbehaving. My mom spanked me when I was a kid, and it taught me well. My dog does not get any preferential treatment.

  10. miyanaga alexanderOctober 7, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I spank my dogs especially my puppy then today she bit my hand and I held her head down on the ground and tore her behind up I hold her by her scruff that’s how dogs do it by the scruff or the throat the dog on the bottom STOPS fighting cause my puppy thinks she dominate im showing her I’m the dominate female not her. Every time she bites my hand I’ll grab her by the scruff and whoop her I over power my dogs no matter how big they are. Especially my pitbull I whoop him too they stop and know I don’t approve there bad behavior they listen to me neither one is hand shy or people aggressive so that’s a lie they become more obiedint like a child would.

  11. I’m with everyone saying this is complete bs. My puppy is 1 year old and when I first got her, she was very disobedient. The previous owner had tried to train her to dog fight and nearly killed her in the process. I nursed her back to health but started noticing she had a lot of issues that needed to be worked on. One of the biggest ones was that she wouldn’t let anyone even walk by without trying to bite them. When she would try to bite, I would pop her butt and sternly tell her no. Now she loves playing with people and just wants to say hi to everyone. I have been doing the same with her issue of thinking all dogs are going to attack her if she doesn’t attack first and she has stopped trying to run across the street just to get at dogs. Just have a little bit more work before we can have dogs walk right past her with no issues. She is learning to play gently, eat her own food, not beg, not pull, has learned the commands sit, shake, lay down, stay, and wait. I don’t have the money to buy treats for her and I have severe back problems. She is not a light or tiny puppy. I can take her into a store and she will not put anything in her mouth unless I tell her to get it. So to anyone who thinks that I pop on the butt is abuse, I feel bad for any dog you own because they will never truly be happy or safe.

  12. I have a coonhound and they are very stubborn so sometimes I smach her on hind leg to get her to get off the couch or bed but otherwise I wouldn’t change anything about her, I love her

  13. I need help, I had five dog, my old men Spuke died on thanksgiving due to respiratory proble at age 15, it is a heart breaking for us, we missed him so much. Before he die for some miracle way as our ALPHA male dog he had the rest of the dog well behavior and they all got along with each other, but after he died our four year old female German Shepwrd want to take control of the yard and house and every time that my two year old cheweny want to come to the yard, she can’t because she want to kill her. The two year old male cheweny gets in between to protect my female cheweny and now my one year old cheweny daughter of the two cheweny don’t like the German Sheperd, is so sad because before spike died everyone gotten along
    And now we having this trouble
    And every morning we have to take them out seperately because we don’t want a dissaster
    Can anyone advised me what to do
    I. Love my dog so much, big I need them to get along and all be together like they used too
    Is crazy

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