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June 25th, 2001 at 4:32 pm

Discipline

I don’t believe in hitting a child or a dog, but …

I have hit my dog, and it was during a disciplining moment. However, it wasn’t to punish him. It certainly wasn’t hard enough to hurt him. He’s 175 pounds, and I whack him across the nose with 1 or 2 fingers. It was to get his attention, mostly, and to let him know that I was serious about whatever.

I came very close to hitting Chunguita the other day. It was a safety thing. We have a large display case with a glass front. She was banging on it. I told her to stop. I removed her from the case; she went back and did it again. I didn’t know what else to do, and I had to do something to stop that behavior. I decided to smack her little hands like I do Henrey’s nose. It is unpleasant when I do it to my own fingers. It didn’t work as discipline, but it did distract her. She thought it was a terrific game. I must not have done it hard enough. :) So I guess I did hit her, sorta. I don’t know what I would have done if she had continued to bang on the glass.

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