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Discipline or Abuse? How Do You Know the Difference?

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Side view of man training Dalmatian dog in grass on meadow.

Sometimes there can be a fine line between dog abuse and discipline but not very often. We say that a dog is man’s best friend but dogs don’t have the same thought pattens as humans.  If you apply human characteristics onto a dog for the purposes of causing it pain, that is abuse – it’s clear cut. For instance, you get out your dogs leash and get ready to take him for his walk and notice that he’s peed on the floor. You get a newspaper, roll it up tight and began hitting him with it. That is abuse! You are causing the animal pain and applying human characteristics. Did you know that Pitbulls account for 1 out of every 4 dogs that areabused, which is a rate that has doubled in the past decade? Communities that ban pit bulls or other dog breeds help to condition an attitude of fear and this can lead to an attitude of abuse.  Remember dogs and cats respond to kindness and love. Know the difference between discipline and abuse. A dog loves attention, he love chasing around his dog toys, loves getting treats when doing something right so if you leave your dog alone, for many hours or days, or ignore him when you’re home you might say that is also a form of abuse.

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