Dog Gets Punished When He Runs Out the Door - Jim Burwell's Petiquette

Right in front of us, this little gray and white dog gets punished when he runs out the door

Don't Punish Your Dog for Running Out The Door

He was hauling butt with the family in hot pursuit. I couldn’t believe my eyes. t was just like an “action movie” but with an action scene highlighted in slow-motion right in front of us.
Talk about “good neighbor gone bad! After a short but hot pursuit, the little dog stopped and rolled on his back right about the same time the husband got to his dog. He picked him up and the little dog gets punished right there on the street! It was a public dog spanking.

3 Things Wrong On Spanking This Dog

First of all it’s abusive.

Second, it sends the wrong message to everyone involved, including the kids.

Third, the message was ineffective because it was delivered way too late.

Here’s the way I see it. See if you agree with these.

Spanking Your Dog is Abusive

In my opinion, spanking or hitting your dog is not only abusive but is wrong and it is definitely not the answer. It’s absolutely not the way to create a loving relationship with your dog.

Instead of taking all of his frustration and anger out on the little dog, the dad could have put more productive time in on training the dog to be respectful of boundaries and not to charge out the front door.

The Wrong Message Was Sent

Three reasons this was a bad message:

  1. The little dog was playing keep away to get attention. The spanking, which was so late, was associated with playing keep away, not running out the door.
  2. If a dog owner gets angry and punishes the dog in front of his child quite often, the child may take on the role of the punisher. When this happens the parents can get angry at the child and worse, the dog may snap or bite the child.
  3. Kids should be taught to take care of their dogs and don’t use physical punishment. Train them correctly in the first place.

Hitting the Dog Was Late and Ineffective

By the time the dog owner got to the little dog, it was light-years too late “in dog time.” Remember that dogs live in the moment. You have 1.5 seconds to praise or correct your dog for something he has done.

Correcting your dog after he’s run out the door and down the street, is not effective. Properly training your dog not to run out the front door in the first place is what you should do and requires training set-ups to take advantage of that 1.5 second “moment.”

Once he learns a boundary, train him with the door open to teach him not to go outside unless he has his walking leash on. During practice simply attach a working line or long line to your dog’s flat buckle collar while working on your repetitions to keep him safe.

Final Words on Physical Punishment

Don’t do it. Your relationship with your dog should be built on understanding, trust and respect. Teach your dog what you prefer he do rather than punish what you don’t like. It takes much less energy to train the good behavior. Don’t teach your dog to be afraid of you.

Positive trainers know that dogs need consequences to learn. Positive trainers recognize that there are choices available “other than physical punishment” like taking away things your dog wants, denying access to you, a walk or a fun game of fetch, all depending on the circumstances.

Make sure you are always sending the right message to your dog and everyone around you when training and interacting with your dog. It will show in your relationship with your dog.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog


Jim Burwell, is Houston’s most respected dog trainer for 30 years, serving over 11,000 clients. Jim works with you and your entire family in helping your dog be the best dog ever.