We adore our pets, but they can be really devious and naughty at times. When your ferrets ‘accidentally’ order a phone from Amazon, for example. Or when your doggos make a mess by eating toilet paper and jigsaw pieces (when you were so close to completing it!).
Owners of misbehaving pets are humiliating them by posting images of them with posters indicating their “crimes”. Gidypet has compiled a list of the best photos, so take a look, enjoy, and don’t forget to upvote your favorites. We’re sure you’ve got some stories about your pets getting into mischief as well—we’d love to hear about them in the comments! Bill Lambert, Head of Health and Welfare at The Kennel Club, discussed pet shaming, dog discipline, and positive reinforcement. Continue reading for the rest of the interview.
My husband and I went out to the garage to feed our black lab thus leaving the ferrets to their own devices. After a short time we returned to the following:
1. Someone had opened one of my husband's Harbor Freight emails and searched for item number "1q''''''smffmnnnn". There were no results.
2. Wesley (on the left) had ordered a Samsung Galaxy S4 for $180 using the ever so convenient Amazon one-click option.
3. Ryan (right) turned off the power strip which supplied the laptop, phone charger, ferret litter box ventilation fans, and the internet, but not before Wesley's purchase went through.
This is a true story. We canceled the order. We weren't really sure what to put in the explanation box.
Many future difficulties can be avoided, according to the Kennel Club's Head of Health and Welfare, if animals are given a variety of beneficial new experiences as early as possible. "With older dogs, you may need help from a specialist trainer such as the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme or with a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor."
Lambert believes that positive reinforcement may be used to discipline dogs without embarrassing them. "As the owner, you should take every opportunity to praise your dog for good manners, and instead of punishing them, divert them away from undesirable behavior, as this will reinforce the correct behavior."
He continued: "It is unfair and also counterproductive to punish them for something after the incident has taken place as they don’t know what they are being punished for. If you do catch your dog doing something that it shouldn’t, interrupt them and then distract them with a toy or a game and then praise them once they have stopped and are settled.”
Lambert added that a trained dog is a happy dog and urged owners who are struggling with their dogs’ behavior to reach out to a trainer. “Anxious dogs tend to pant more and appear more thirsty than usual or be uninterested in their food. Other signs can include excessive yawning, licking, or curling its lips, an inability to settle, and other noticeable behavior changes,” he said.
“Prevention is always better than cure. However, if your dog is displaying anxious or frightened behavior try to act and behave as normal, keeping calm, happy, and cheerful and if they come to you for comfort, make sure you give it to them. However, if they do retreat, make sure to allow them their space.”
The pet shaming meme is an offshoot of the Tumblr site ‘Dogshaming,' which was created in 2012. It all began with a photograph of a dachshund (also known as a sausage doggo) holding a sign that read, "I am an underwear-eating jerk!" As a result, the ‘Dogshaming' online community was formed. There's even a webpage for them.
Eventually, people started posting photos of other misbehaving pets, not just dogs. We’ve had people shaming cats, fish, birds, and plenty more.
Some animal welfare specialists and veterinarians believe that humiliating pets is harmful to their health and degrades their dignity. According to some veterinarians, images of pets that appear to be guilty may really depict them as fearful or uncomfortable.
“The idea of shaming a dog is daft. Dogs don’t like having the mickey taken out of them and can undoubtedly plug into that. So why would you do that to your pet? You wouldn’t mock your family or your friends like this, so why your dog?” secretary of The Kennel Club, Caroline Kisko, told The Telegraph.
“It might be a bit of fun when it is kept to a reasonable level, but people take them too far and it stops being funny for the dog. Dogs have a level of dignity and we don’t want to undermine that. They are meant to be a companion, not a joke.”
My husband lost 2 front teeth due to a skateboarding accident. His new flipper wasn't comfortable and he took it out and left it on the end table. Leaving the room for a moment was all it took for our Daphnie to get a hold of them.
Daphnie was NOT hurt, what ever pieces she actually ingested passed without incident. The only thing this hurt was our budget! Even the best Dental Coverage doesn't replace teeth when your dog eats them.