I was told at puppy school not to smack puppies but to use the reward system when trying to teach them. Does that mean you should NEVER smack a dog say on the backside even if he was being extremely naughty? Does anyone here smack their dog? What are your feelings?
Well, you shouldn't SMACK them, but a little tap on the rear(for little dogs)ora firm pat on the rear for a large dog with a stern "no" works well. So with big dogs you don't really hit them hard, but you give them a firm, crisp pat and that usually lets them know that you mean what you say!
when i was training my puppy, which in another disscusion board i said they chewed everything, like my $500 digital camera, my sims computer games, everything. i did "smack" them. i did not hurt them, but i would smack there noses and say no, or smack there bottoms and said no. and it didnt affect them. my hercules is very stubborn though and likes pain. when you pat him, you can do it harder and harder, and when you are smackin him really hard his leg will start kickin. its funny. so smackin him doesnt help unless you use a paper or something. but we only do it if hes being extremly bad, like hurting the littler dogs. but like i said it didnt affect mine. and they mind now. so i recomend it. just dont hurt them. like the other person said, just enough so they know its wrong, then firmly say "NO!"
I don't believe that smacking a puppy is the way to go. I have found, with my dogs, that a firm "no" followed with a baring of your teeth and a growl gets the message across. (Feel free to laugh) but it does work for me. With the growl and bared teeth, your speaking a language that the puppy knows. He or she will learn to associate the "no" with the bared teeth and growl, letting him/her know that whatever he/she is doing is a no-no.
A small pat on the behind wont do any harm. Don't ever hit a dog hard, but adjust how hard you hit the dog to their size. Sometimes dogs will misbehave so bad, that there really isn't any other choice. It is okay to smack a dog. Never hurt the dog, but just let them no means no. Don't ever make a dog scared of you. Some large dogs need a harder smack than small dogs. Only do it as hard as the dog is comftorable with. Sometimes it is quite funny when the dog still is wagging his tail after you smacked his rear end. Sometimes a newspaper works. Only do it if your dog is being very bad, like attacking other dogs. But, no matter what never make your dog scared of you.
i seem like the bad person on this discussion. i dont ever hurt my dogs. i only do it if they are being really bad, like as i said hurting the littler dogs. my dogs are not afraid of me. just now when i say no, they listen, by stopping for a minute till i turn my back, and then start again....LOL! but i never have hurt my dogs. the only time ive ever used a paper is when my male boxer attacked our little rescued rotweiler mix puppy. and he hurt him very badly. so i did smack him with a paper then, to get him off the puppy. and just a few minutes ago my 2 boxers were fighting and growling at each other, and came over where i was and knocked me outa my chair. so i smacked hercules, because he started it. other then these things i never "smack" hard, when i did that, or smack with papers. i just had to say this because i read the other things, and it seemed as if i was an evil witch.........
I have tapped mine on the butt and said a firm no. I have also tried clapping my hands really loudly in front of them saying no. Both seem to get the point across. I have to remember sometimes when I get frustrated that I shouldn't expect a dog that doesn't even speak my language to learn something it takes a human baby 2 -3 years to learn....or sometimes longer!
I don't really agree with it. It may help in certain situations but in the long run your dog may end up with fear of raised hands at the very least. I believe in positive reinforcement even when the dog is driving me crazy and being, well, a dog!
Actually smacking a dog is silly. I would consider it, as out of control. It would definetly get the dogs attention, and would get him to fear you, or see you as a threat. Mother dogs don't usually go around smacking bottoms. They would use pressure and low tones. Like mouth over muzzle and growls. Dogs don't know what right or wrong is. Especially hitting a puppy, that would be like hitting a infant....useless...
Yeah, maybe a swat on the butt is a quick way to get what you want from your dog, but in the long run your dog will associate your hand with the smacking and be afraid. But as long as the dog isn't getting hurt, everyone knows their dog the best so if it works, then it can't hurt anything.
READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that it is absoulutly rude to hit a poor inesent puppy or dog. They can't defend themselves. I agree that dogs should learn, but you have to remeber that it takes time an patience. Pets where not put on earth to harm, they are ment for loving and cmoppation, and just to talk to somea.
I tapped my dog for 7 years and she loved me more than ever. She had no fear of me whatsoever. She knew when she was doing something wrong. I am now currently raising my two new puppies the same way. Now, do realize when I say tap i mean tap. They have very thick fur and don't really feel a thing. It's the action that teaches them. I also clap loudly if I'm not close enough to tap. Everyone has their own methods. To each his own. I wouldn't dare say someone's method, though different from mine, is wrong.
I have never smacked any of my dogs. In my opinion, you smack a dog, the dog will fear you. Why do you think that some dogs at shelters shun away or put their head down when people raise their hands at them? From getting smacked around by the original owner. Its totally wrong in my opinion.
"Dogs don't know what right or wrong is." That is definitely not true. If I come home and Tug slowly comes to the door with his head down, ears pinned back, tail dropped and wagging very very slowly, it's because he knows he did something wrong when I was gone. When I let Rosie out of her room, and she's doing the same, rest assured she did something she knows is wrong. Not only that, you can tell how bad they think it is... Tug not coming to the door at all, but laying low on the steps to the basement. Rosie crawling towards me and laying down by my feet on her side/back belly-up.