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Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this subject. Given the attitude of some large male German Shepherds, is it OK to apply some physical discipline in certain circumstances? Or should this be out of the question all together?
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What do you mean by "physical discipline"?
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If you mean any type of correction via the hand.. NO WAY! NEVER! Its wrong, how would you like it? When Fritz is really bad, he gets time out, lets him calm down, lets me laugh about it...

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Never ever hit your dog. No matter his size. No for kicking, hitting with a newspaper or any other object. Collar corrections are ok ... Pinch collar, not choker chain. Hugs are good and so is petting.

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The thing about striking with the hand is that it's not something that happens between dogs in nature. Dogs don't strike each other with their paws unless they're playing. So hitting isn't really something that makes an immediate connection in a dog's brain. They do nip each other on the neck which is why prong collars and e-collars are effective.


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e collars don't happen in nature, seems this board is ok with those though.
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just to be clear, no do not hit your dog.
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There are times when using physical corrections (striking your dog) can cause your dog's behavior to escalate into dangerous behavior.

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There is an art to doing physical punishment and correction or whatever you want to call it. There is a right way and there is a wrong way procedurally. Doing it right is the difference between a well balanced normal dog that understands pressure and punishment and why it happened and how to avoid it, or a confused fearful possibly aggressive animal.
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Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this subject. Given the attitude of some large male German Shepherds, is it OK to apply some physical discipline in certain circumstances? Or should this be out of the question all together?
In all cases, the punishment needs to fit the crime. If my dogs are doing something potentially life threatening, I am going to make sure that the correction is immediate, hard and memorable. I do not hit my dogs, other then a smack on the butt, or a tap on the head. I do not ever hit them with an object. I will grab them by the scruff and give a jerk or shake accompanied by a harsh No!
When Bud used to get snotty, I would body check, a lot. Purposely walk into him or give him a hit with my hip/leg. He was a prime candidate for 'hanging', on any number of occasions we had to choke him off things. He was removed from training for refusing to 'out'. I used to jokingly refer to him as my 2 x 4 dog. ' If you want to work him, take a big stick'.
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