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. Some of these responses are silly imma say that.
    I’m having an issue with my dog tho ngl it’s really rough. I share a room with my partner that we pay so much for. For such a small space. I have a lab pit mix. She’s honestly very sweet but I lose my patience with her a lot. I struggle with various mental illnesses. I got her bc I could never not have a dog and found that they helped a lot with my mental illness but due to said mental illness my rescued dog from Mexico is making me feel a lot worse. I spank her from time to time I found it helps but I don’t know what to do bc obviously I feel guilty but she really needs to know it’s not ok to potty in the house. I reward her good potty behavior with snacks. It’s just hard taking care of a dog on top of a job in a small room you rent with a grown man child, six pet rats, and a cat. I feel like I can’t handle it. I am trying though. Pray for me.

  2. I spank with my slippers when her back is turned so ahe doesnt see it. Ase will be aurpriaed that something hit her behind. When she stops barking i praise and touch her. She learns. Otherwise i will lose my voice and she wont like it just the same. By the way the spank should have a little noise meaning it should be more than just a light pat. I find it effective for hard headed barkers.

  3. Lol NuNYa must be a new dog owner. I served 20+ years in the military and was s K-9 handler. The statement above talks about loud noises or a raise the voice, and doing it at the same time as the bad behavior, well, let me remind everybody it’s the same thing as doing a spanking as long as it’s not abuse, or being a dog, a simple speaking at the same time as bad behavior does work for fact, so does the other methods that are mentioned above, but saying that a spanking will not work that is false information. NuNYa please go get some training yourself as ive never had a dog run away nor have they been scared.

  4. Typos lol yall read between the lines please as im using boice text and my accent hates the voice text. Im driving but im sure yall will figure out ehat i mean.

  5. I really can’t stand when people say teach your dog by praising them. Award your dog with a treat or belly rub but all that praise them y’all new another term you only praise the lord and a pop on the but want hurt your dog.

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