Could I Have Broken My Puppy’s Nose When Smacking Her?
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The Problem: Many people smack their dogs, sometimes very hard, for behaviors that they don’t like.
The Answer: Yes, you can injure a dog by smacking them. Especially a puppy. No dog behaviorist would recommend smacking a puppy for anything. They would especially not tell you to hit a dog so hard that you have to wonder whether the force was enough to break bones.
Training Is Not Abuse: Proper behavior modification doesn’t involve physical abuse. Physical abuse results in lacerations, bruises, injuries, or broken bones. Smacking a dog hard is abuse. It will also, over time, wreck the dog. Why get a dog and then wreck it by abuse? The more you abuse that dog of yours, the worse it will behave. You won’t make the dog better, you’ll make it worse. And you are probably committing a felony, as well. Felony = prison.
Get Help: Go hire a professional dog behaviorist and get your dog on the right track. There are good solutions for almost every dog behavior. Also, you need to check your anger. Anger has no place in dog training. Even for myself, every once in a while I’ll have a bad day, but I will then cancel all my lessons that day, go to a movie, eat out, do something to get back into my normal, happy way of thinking. I always walk away from a dog if I’m feeling upset, I don’t lash out. I don’t ever smack them, I don’t ever take my bad attitudes out on dogs. You have to exercise emotional self control around a dog. Whatever the dog did today doesn’t have to be solved today. A professional will devise a good plan to work out whatever is going on, the dog will end up happy and obedient, and you’ll be happy, as well.
Sam Basso is a professional dog trainer and behaviorist, in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale metropolitan area. He’s known for being fun, kind, intelligent, and humane. Sam Basso has a unique personal touch. He has appeared on his own TV show, been a guest radio expert, gives seminars, publishes a dog related blog, does rescue volunteering, and is active in promoting animal welfare and fair dog laws.