|Barked: Thu May 3, '12 8:46am PST |
|Dogs cannot understand consequences the same way human children do, as has been pointed out. Studies have shown that unless you interrupt a dog's behavior the second they're doing it, they cannot make the connection between what they did and the punishment/correction. THat's why rubbing a dog's face in their mess, is absolutely ineffective in housetraining. The pup just thinks the person is randomly rubbing their face in excrement. So spanking accomplishes nothing, except causing the dog to mistrust you because you don't make sense, and possibly even fear you.
I've handled for pro kennels and puppy raised for breeders, 35 years with dogs and never have I spanked a dog. I'll give corrections when needed, but not by hitting or otherwise hurting them. It's so much more effective to teach your dog what you want it to do, rather than punishing what you don't want it to do. It builds a more trusting, stable bond as well. Don't listen to your coworkers, trust your gut and do what feels right for you and your dog. You probably have a more stable dog that needs far less corrections than theirs do.
My dog also learns quite a bit conversationally, phrases put together from some cues she knows and she figures out the rest. One day I asked her to 'go get papa'. I didn't really think much would happen because none of that phrase was officially 'trained', but she took off. I hear a bunch of barking and a few seconds later SO rounds the corner "What the heck is wrong with Lu? She's barking at me like mad, walking to me, staring, barking. agh is she sick?!" Well, I asked and she delivered. pronto and pleased as punch. To this day it's one of her most useful cues BOL!
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