there is a difference between beating a dog and hitting a dog.Originally posted by fnhp35
Might not be the best way to train a dog, but illegal? I'd have to say "spanking" a dog would be a far cry from animal abuse. Immoral? Again, animal abuse, yes, spanking a dog, no. I'm also of the camp that a dog is a dog and that there are times when a dog does need phyical correction which might end up being a light tap, depending on the situation. Not that I have any special insight, good luck with your problem.
beating a dog is more than likely illegal almost everywhere. hitting a dog can range from a light tap to borderline abuse, and should be used SPARINGLY at best.
anything other than an attention getting "light tap" is too much. if you wouldn't do it to your wife or your child, you shouldn't do it to your dog.
people who have to hit a dog don't deserve to own a dog, and dont' know how to train one.
this coming from someone with a VERY hard to train dog...