Question by  velusamy (7)

Is it okay to spank puppies?

Some people tell me that is the only way they learn some things.


Answer by  whobesidesme (406)

Discipline is discipline. There is a line between discipline and abuse, however. Make sure you're only ever spanking in the rear flanks, and use common sense when hitting them. They will learn to fear your hand, but they will also learn the rules.


Answer by  puppiesarebabies (18)

You're big. Puppies are small. Hitting scares, may injure, and could cause behavioral problems, such as biting, later. Puppies want love. They want to please you (so they'll get more love). Your tone of voice means everything to them. That is your most valuable and effective training tool.


Answer by  BrokenRose (131)

lightly, so it doesn't hurt is fine. Purposely causing pain is abuse, at least in my opinion. Try swatting them lightly on the rear-just so it's an annoyance. Or try misting them with water-it works for cats.


Answer by  Huntress (1935)

If your puppy is not listening give a gentle tap on the nose, not hard enough to hurt but just enough to get your pets attention. While you give the tap use the *bad puppy* voice for NO. Just understand that puppies are a bundle of energy so be patient... it takes them a little time to get the message.


Answer by  whoareyou (3483)

You can never say 100% what will work for each individual animal, but in general, spanking puppies most always leads to a skittish animal. Positive reinforcement is always the best learning tool - reward the animal for things done right. But certainly make sure they know they did something wrong.

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