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Dog Shaming: An Examination

Updated on April 24, 2015


Pets can be helpful in various things. They can be trained to help keep one's home safe. They provided a constant source of entertainment. And sometimes, they can be used to help start a trend on the Internet. Dubbed Dog Shaming, this was a form of entertainment that involved getting a dog, writing a sign telling people about an embarrassing event that the dog recently caused or experienced, take a picture of the dog with the sign, post it on the Internet, and wait to see what other people thought. Most of the examples that have been shown so far were hilarious, some of the examples showcased how much trouble some dogs were, and some examples were somewhat adorable in a sense. With the advancement of technology, dogs can be a constant source of entertainment for a wide spectrum of people, which the articles Too Cute: Its Appeal and Too Cute: Adorable Interactions pointed out, but sometimes having a picture that described a hilarious moment without making a video could be endearing to viewers as well. Whether the dog being used as the subject of Dog Shaming was a puppy or an adult does not matter, all canines could be used as entertainment.


Being a small dog can be problematic. Being a small dog in a world where being small meant things might get a better chance to hurt you is even more problematic. Being a small dog and having even smaller, but more dangerous insects referred to as Fire Ants swarm your extremities, and most likely bite said extremities is just depressing. As this particular case in Dog Shaming showed, being a small breed of dog can be a very sad experience. Of course, rather than shame the dog for its misfortune, the viewer instead feels sorry for the dog. Especially with those sad eyes.

An example of Dog Shaming. A sad example.
An example of Dog Shaming. A sad example. | Source


Sometimes a dog can be considered too cute. As a joke to the human, this example of Dog Shaming involved a Pomeranian lying next to a sign that says that more people like the dog better than whatever human this sign was meant to insult. And to add insult to injury, this dog seemed indifferent to the fact that it was more popular than a human. I mean sure, the dog was not aware of the fact that it was an example of the downside of possessing a cute breed of dog, but its eyes betrayed a sense of superiority that made it look like it was aware of its cuteness.

Cuteness can be both a blessing and a curse. Not a curse to oneself, of course.
Cuteness can be both a blessing and a curse. Not a curse to oneself, of course. | Source

Multiple Violations

Dogs are not creatures who discriminated what they ate. Dogs also never followed orders perfectly every single time. Dogs are sentient creatures who had minds of their own. An incredibly simple mind, but a mind nonetheless. So it makes sense that some examples of Dog Shaming acknowledge these moments of disobedience from man's best friend. As this dog showed the viewer, this dog was a repeat offender. Not only did it eat a good piece of butter that could have been used to make an even bigger example of consumable goods, it was unable to behave properly for a joke. Jerk.

Shaming a dog for not one, but two violations.
Shaming a dog for not one, but two violations. | Source

The Snitch

The fascination thing about the Dog Shaming trend was that some of the examples had more than one dog. In some cases one dog was the naughty dog who got in trouble, while the other dog apparently helped reveal the act of naughtiness that was committed. In regards to the breed known as Samoyeds, they are a breed of dog that was well known for needing constant care on their fur. While this breed of dog was required to receive care and were sometimes shown to be quite fastidious, that did not always mean that the dog itself was going to reflect the ideas people associated with a breed. Here, we see a dog that apparently ruined a good bed. And the one who snitched the perpetrator to a higher authority.

One dog is loyal, honest, and well-behaved. The other dog, not so much.
One dog is loyal, honest, and well-behaved. The other dog, not so much. | Source


Sometimes dogs will act the complete opposite to how their breed was supposed to function. Take Retrievers for example. This was a breed of dog that was made by man to have the capability and willingness to get prey in all forms of terrain for their human masters. This meant being able to dive into a body of water to retrieve animals like ducks and geese. The Retriever pictured here does not reflect that little aspect of the Retriever breed, apparently. This was a dog who was afraid of water, despite it being bred so that it would enjoy, or at the very least, willingly go into a body of water when commanded to do so. Which was ironic.

For anyone who does not know, Retrievers were a breed who were bred to catch animals in the water.
For anyone who does not know, Retrievers were a breed who were bred to catch animals in the water. | Source


Dogs are voracious eaters. They will consume any kind of food that they can get their mouths on. Even if that food was meant for human consumption. Especially if their was meat involved. Here, the viewer got to see a dog who apparently ate an entire pizza straight out of the box, despite that pizza being somebody else's lunch. Having a predatory animal as a companion meant that one would have to make sure that all consumable products were kept away from the animal because said animal might try to eat whatever it can get inside its mouth. And as this picture showed, that could mean a very large portion.

Dogs will eat anything with meat. Anything.
Dogs will eat anything with meat. Anything. | Source


Dogs can be pretty entertaining sometimes. Even highlighting their negative moments could be a form of entertainment.


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful read.

    • lawrence01 profile image

      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      I enjoyed this hub. Barney is most certainly a dog with a mind of his own (a cairn terrier) who does some hilarious things. Unfortunately he's true to his breed and loves to hunt (yesterday I found a large rat freshly killed by the back door and suspect it was him).

      Barney doesn't worry about his pictures anywhere. He just carries on being a Dog

      Let dogs be dogs



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