Dog Shaming – Do’s and Don’ts
There’s a new canine-centric craze sweeping the internet –dog shaming. Pet parents take photos of their misbehaving pooches with signs detailing the pet’s misdeed. The trend is undeniably hilarious and adorable, but it can have negative consequences. Here are some do’s and don’ts for canine punishment.
DON’T punish your pet for accidents.
While it may be tempting to scream and yell at Fido for digging up your plants or leaving a present in the hallway, it doesn’t have the intended effect. By the time you’ve discovered your dog’s misdeed, he’ll have already forgotten! They’re great at living in the moment. What happened 20 minutes ago is old news. Even the most house-trained dogs have accidents. Instead, do the following:
- If you catch your dog in the act, clap or stomp loudly to get him to stop. Take your pet outside to complete his business, then reward him for finishing outdoors.
- Don’t yell at your pet – this will only make him afraid to go potty in your presence. He’ll probably just sneak off to another room to do his business.
- Quietly clean up the mess. Rubbing your pet’s nose in it will just scare him and he’s probably already forgotten what he did.
DO clean up messes thoroughly.
Whether it’s a household accident or a hunter’s offering, make sure you completely clean the soiled area. Dogs often come back to areas they previously marked; use a cleaner specifically designed for pet accidents to remove any lingering scents.
DO capture your pet’s moment of shame!
It can be adorable and funny. Done right, your pet gets attention and you get a priceless snapshot – what’s not to love? Share your mischievous pet’s misdeeds on our Facebook page and let us know what you think of this trend.