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#1 Happy Panther

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 11:53 AM

My wife set a standard of only positive discipline which I have no major problem with. FWIW we do not spank our children.


My neighbor has a golden and will definitely give it a whack if it is doing something she knows she shouldn't. She is generally well behaved and well adjusted


What is your view?

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 11:58 AM

I grew up with lots of goldens and german shephards. They all responded just fine to raised voices - generally speaking, both of those breeds do not like to disappoint humans and seem to respond fine to shame and lack of attention. Never felt the need to be physically aggressive. All were rescues - never had the experience of trying to discipline a puppy.

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:03 PM

For me it depends on the dog.  My mutt (beagle and something else) is smart and well mannered and I've never really have to get onto him. My pit however is extremely stubborn and hyper, if she doesn't get her exercise sometimes she acts out and I have to get onto her.  Yelling and gesturing usually suffices but on occasion I do have to pop her with the belt.  It's always a last resort for me.  

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:08 PM

some dogs are too smart for that unfortunately.  they'll keep doing what they're doing unless you catch them in the act and give them a light bop on the nose or butt.


But "beat"?

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:08 PM

I think beating your pet will develop bad tendencies later, such as aggression towards other people and animals.




From my experience, you need to establish that you are the "pack leader". When my dog was about 6 months old, he got off the leash  and took off down my street in a dead sprint. I caught him about 30 yards later, picked him up and pinned him on the ground (he was about 50 pounds), all the while scolding him.  If he ever was acting up, I could just physically over power and hold him down, while saying "bad boy" and things like that.




I don't think beating or inflicting pain does a bit of good.


It's all about establishing what is acceptable from your dog. Now if I even speak in a certain tone, my dog will cower and slink away. No physical interaction necessary.




Another way to avoid bad behavior is to constatnly reward good behavior. Buy a bag of training treats from petsmart and periodically give them a treat for listening.


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:19 PM

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:26 PM

Had an English, wonderful dogs, but are pretty bullheaded/stubborn.


Sometimes I would have to pop him on the rear or the nose to get his attention as a puppy (until about 3/4 years old), but it was rare.


They are not "pleasers" they beat to their drums a little differently than a lab or golden type dog.  

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:26 PM

My two dogs are my first dogs in my "adult" life (had to quote adult since I'm not 100% sure what that means) and I decided not to ever hit them. Like someone mentioned before, I use a raised voice and make eye contact with them when I am disciplining them and they respond great to me. If they're in trouble I typically call them to come and sit in front of me and I'll say something like "what is this" or "who did this" or just "no" and they know they're in trouble. Sometimes I will also put my finger on their head and/or neck while doing this and they submit to the discipline.  After I'm done yelling at them I always tell them "free" and they go back to being dogs again and usually want a hug. 

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:31 PM

On another note....one of my friends is a professional dog trainer (e-collar trainer) and if you really want to enjoy your dogs I would suggest looking into this kind of training and spend the money on it. He worked with my dogs 3 or 4 times and they're the most well behaved dogs I've ever had. I can take them anywhere (park, doggy daycare, a shopping center, a bar) off the leash and they are always under my voice control. I jog with them and one is trained to run/walk on my right side and the other on my left. I worked with them on the commands quite a bit and after about 4 months I didn't even need to use the collars anymore. I'm telling you...I would spend that money 100 times again to have well behaved dogs. 

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:33 PM

My dog is very submissive.  All I have to do is raise my voice and she immediately rolls over on to her back.  Why would you need to hit a dog like that?

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:46 PM

Honey says, "go ahead... beat me..."





Poncho says...  "huh?  what?"



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 01:10 PM

how else you supposed to tenderize them

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