Don’t Spank The Puppy

I was taken aback last week with a question. And that question was, when do I spank the puppy? My obvious answer was, you don’t.

It’s Not Appropriate to Spank The Puppy

To spank your puppy is inappropriate.  Here’s a couple of good reasons why.

Let’s say you come home from work and you find a mess on the floor and you go grab your dog, rub his nose in it and spank the puppy on the nose with a newspaper.

Not good.

Why?  He could have done it five seconds, five minutes, five hours ago. So he’s not going to associate the punishment with the crime in the moment. What he will make is a direct association with is greetings are no longer fun when dad gets home because bad things happen.

Don’t Spank the Puppy Over Biting and Nipping

Here’s another example. Puppy biting, for example. Your puppy jumps up, he bites you and mouths you on the hand, and you spank the puppy on the nose.

You could create hand shyness that could eventually lead to aggression and, even worse than that, it’s going to break that bond and trust that he’s been trying to build with you.

Do This Instead of Spanking the Puppy

So what’s the answer? Well, the answer is simple. It’s just simply, think of what you would prefer your puppy do rather than the inappropriate behavior and just train him to do that. Okay?

In the case of house soiling, house train your puppy. If you don’t know how to do that, call me. Or call a trainer that can help you set up a good house training program for your puppy. All right?

In the case of puppy biting, you need to ask yourself this question, have you satisfied all of his needs?

Has he had plenty of physical exercise?

Has he had mental stimulation with doggie puzzles and brain teasers, and obedience training? For sure, don’t leave that out.

And he may need food, he may need water, and he may need a potty break. So always run through the list to make sure that you’re satisfying all of his needs.

So now, remember folks, positive training takes time, but it will build a fair and balanced relationship with your dog or your puppy. And it will be built on two things. Trust. Your puppy will learn that he can trust you and that no harm will come to him. That’s a much better relationship. And an understanding that all good things come from you, but they must be earned.

Now you know why you should not spank the puppy!