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"The fact that he once was reliable in the house is proof that the dog knows
right from wrong, and it
leaves you no other course than to punish him
sufficiently to convince him that the satisfaction of his
wrongdoing is not worth the consequences.
Next, equip yourself with a man's leather belt or a strap heavy enough to
give your particular dog a good tanning.
Yup-we're going to strike him. Real hard. Remember,
you're dealing with a dog who knows he should be
quiet and neighbors who have legal rights to see that he does.
Thunder through the door or gate, snatch up the belt
that you've conveniently placed, and descend on him.
He'll have no chance to dodge if you grab the line and
reel him in until his front feet are raised off the floor or,
if he's a big dog, until you've snubbed him up with a
hitch on something.
While he's held in close, lay the strap vigorously against his thighs. Keep
pouring it on him until he
thinks it's the bitter end. A real whaling now may cut
down somewhat on the number of repeat performances
that will be necessary. When you're finished and the
dog is convinced that he is, put him on a long down to
think things over while you catch your breath.
If the punishment is not severe enough, some of these
"backsliders" will think they're winning and will
continue to mess in the house. An indelible impression
can sometimes be made by giving the dog a hard
spanking of long duration, then leaving him tied by the
mess he's made so you can come back at twenty
minute intervals and punish him again for the same thing.
In most cases, the dog that deliberately does
this disagreeable thing cannot be made reliable by the
light spanking that some owners seem to think is
adequate punishment. It will be better for your dog, as
well as the house, if you really pour it on him.
Occasionally, there is a pup who seems determined to
relieve himself inside the house, regardless of how
often he has the opportunity to go outside. This dog
may require punishment. Make certain he is equipped
with a collar and piece of line so he can't avoid correction.
When you discover a mess, move in fast, take him to
the place of his error, and hold his head close enough
so that he associates his error with the punishment.
Punish him by spanking him with a light strap or
switch. Either one is better than a folded newspaper.
It is important to your future relationship that you do
not rush at him and start swinging before you get hold
When he's been spanked, take him outside. Chances
are, if you are careful in your feeding and close
observation, you will not have to do much punishing.
Be consistent in your handling. To have a pup almost
house-broken and then force him to commit an error by
not providing an opportunity to go outside is very
unfair. Careful planning will make your job easier.
This calls for a little ingenuity as well as a heavy hand.
Your pal, Jerry "The Phony," Howe.