When your animal poops on the floor do you rub it's nose in it?

United States
November 28, 2009 10:44am CST
When my animal poops in the floor I do rub it's nose in it to teach my animal a lesson. I want my animal to know I do not tolierate it. I do love my animal and relize accidents do happen. I just feel they need disaplined for what they did. I am not tring to be cruel so please don't think that. I would never harm them them in any way but I will teach them a lesson they will not forget. I mean how else are they going to learn they can not poop on the floor. I do admitt I do feel bad after smushing their nose into the poop. I just hate doing it but you have to do what you have to do!
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@echomonster (2230)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
28 Nov 09
Wow, you literally "rub their nose in it"? I thought that was just an expression! As a child, I helped my parents train my dogs. We mainly used verbal reprimands and spanking (not hard) to do it...it wasn't that hard. I also started the habit of praising my dogs every time they did it while I was walking them outside -- don't know if that helped or not! If I had to do it again as an adult, I would try my hardest to not use any violent methods. Based on what I've heard, it's quite possible to do it that way. Maybe you'd need more patience.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Yes when I had a puppy and he went poop in the house I would rub his nose in it. Then I would take him to the door and put him outside so he would learn that I want him to do it outside. We would only leave him out for maybe 2 or 3 minutes and then let him back in. Doing this a few times when he was a puppy taught him to go to the door when he had to go and we would let him out. You have to teach them what they can and can not do in the house.
@RyanneD (189)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Hi Sheri! I have two dogs, one of which is a 14 week old puppy that we've had for about a month. When it comes to potty training a dog I don't think that rubbing their nose in it, spanking them, etc really does much good. I think that, if anything, it's going to make them a little afraid of you. I'm not suggesting that you're mean to your dog and abuse it or anything like that, I'm just giving you my opinion. Here's what I've found to be helpful with our new lab mix, Joey. When they're puppies (and I'm sure how old your dog is) they're pretty consistent as to when they need to go outside and go potty and it definitely takes a lot of work and a strong commitement on your part to make sure accidents don't happen. Every time Joey wakes up from a nap I ask her "outside?" and then we go outside, I stand with her until she goes potty and then I praise her a lot when she does go! I also use a "code phrase" which is "go potty" and she's quickly learning what that phrase means! I also make sure to take her outside about 30-40 minutes after she's eaten, and after she's had a little play session. If your dog (and my dogs for that matter) have accidents in the house it is essentially our fault. We weren't paying attention therefore we didn't see the signs that they need to go potty. Now, I'm not saying that Joey NEVER has accidents because that's definitely not the case. If she has an accident that I DIDN'T witness then I don't do anything to her at all. If I were to go pick her up and spank her/rub her nose in it then she'd have NO idea as to why I was doing it. Now if I DO catch her in the act then I'll make a loud noise such as stomping on the floor, clapping really loud or just shouting a loud "NO!". That usually startles her to where she'll stop peeing/pooping and then we'll go outside, I'll say the code phrase "go potty", she'll go, and I'll praise her. It's proving to be working really well, and I think that if you tried these techniques you'd be pretty impressed/pleased with the outcome.
• Philippines
28 Nov 09
I just put my dog in front of her poos but never RUB his nose on it... That is gross and very unhygienic. I will scold her definitely and hit him but not that hard and then bring her in the restroom... That's all... And she is now trained... I think you should not be that cruel to your dog... It is enough that you scold her and makes her see that you are mad about what she did... She will learn her lesson for sure...
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@olisaur (1932)
• United States
28 Nov 09
I don't think its such a good idea to rub an animal's nose in it when he goes in the house. Animals don't understand what we are trying to tell them when we do that. I think its best to clean it up, and just ignore the animal for a while. The lack of attention as a consequence is probably a better way to teach him a lesson.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
28 Nov 09
That is awful. It is up to you to train your dog, rubbing their nose in poop means nothing to them. Read up on training your dog and forget rubbing poop in their face. They are not being bad, they are being dogs. How old is your dog? What have you done to train it? How often do accidents happen? Have you tried praise?
@wigima5 (908)
• United States
29 Nov 09
no. it does work. u cant praise it for doing something bad. n if it happens u have to yell at them WHILE its happening. if u yell at them even 5 minutes later they'll have no idea what ur yelling at them for n it will only scare them.
@voldrox (7202)
• India
29 Nov 09
gosh! that is so erm... weird . . . i don't think the your dog will learn something with that, i don't have something i could say that would help... but my friend this certainly is not going to help your dog realize anything...
• Philippines
29 Nov 09
no, i never did as it is a bad things to do. though, my pets is like a babies they still young and still need to be train. i train them step by step introduction until they get acquainted with it.
• United States
29 Nov 09
No, I clean it up and I simply make sure that I potty train them. All of my cats are potty trained, and none of them poop on the floor. Now, Lucky, and this was because he was feral at first, did poop on my carpet once, but my mother and I were still training him how to trust people, so we just picked it up, cleaned up the area, and then when he got more trusting of people we introduced him to the litter box. He learned how to use it, and he has never pooped anywhere else since. He did not rub his nose in it, we simply showed him a better place to go to the bathroom.
@wigima5 (908)
• United States
29 Nov 09
well ive never done it, but my mom said that her dad did that to their cat when she was small. and it was pretty effective because it never pooped in the house again. well im not sure they Rubbed it IN the poop but put its nose right next to it to smell it. the animal will not be sad or mad, they will forget n forgive, they love their family.
@Hatley (117907)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Nov 09
tuckersheri they tell me that rubbing a pets nose in its poo will not work unless you do it the moment the pet does it as the pet had to connect what it has down with your repremand.if it is done too late the pup or cat will just think you are being mean to it. now I am no vet so do not know if this is true or not.
@Galena (9124)
28 Nov 09
it is cruel. it teaches them nothing at all, just that their pack leader is prone to coming at them out of nowhere and rubbing crap into their nostrils. how else are they going to learn not to poop on the floor? you ask. toilet training. that's how. seriously, in what way will rubbing their nose in poo teach them not to poo in the house. IT WON'T. the dog won't think "I am having poo rubbed in my nose because I pooed in the house". they don't understand WHY you are doing it. so they learn nothing from it. to toilet train your dog, take them outside frequently and praise them when they go in the right place. keep an eye out for body language that shows that they need to go, and take them outside. praise them when they go. if the dog starts to go inside, pick them up and take them out, even if they've finished going by the time you reach them. they may not need to go by the time you get them out, but they'll associate toilet with going outside. even if it means trailing them through the house weeing, and making more mess, it helps get the message through. by rubbing your dogs nose in poo, YOU ARE ACHEIVING NOTHING. just punishing the dog in such a way that they don't even know what they are being punished for. because rubbing their nose in it doesn't teach them not to go in the house, it's just showing agression to your dog without them knowing why. which means it's pointless agression, and therefore it is cruel.