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Is it OK to swat at a dog's nose if he's lunging to attack a cat?


I don't believe in hitting dogs. I believe in training dogs using consistent, calm, & positive motivational techniques that are practiced regularly. I prefer to shape rather than force a dog's behavior. Recently, however, my mother's leashed Yorkie (who we've been patiently working with to accept my newly-moved-in cat) recently lunged at the cat with jaws open, giving me the impression that he was about to bite the cat. I responded to the immediate threat by swatting the dog on the nose with a firm "No!" Then I put him in a submissive down position until he relaxed. Was I being abusive?

 

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