Elton hates me after I gently spanked him- what to do?
Im at a loss - hence writing to your website.
My girlfriend and I split up for a few months and while apart from each other she bought herself a miniature schnauzer.
At first Elton (the schnauzer), Myself, And Brodie (my boxer) were all getting along great!
One day I opened the door to the garage to go grab a tool & Elton BOLTED from under my legs and took off down the street. When I finally caught up to him a few houses down I had to literally lunge at him to get ahold of him in terror that he might run into the street.
When we got back to the house I spanked him twice with the tips of my fingers on his back leg and tossed him back through the door.
Ever since then the dog is TERRIFIED of me. He sits in the corner and shakes and quakes and looks at me like I'm going to kill him.
Its been TWO WEEKS since I spanked him!!!
When his mom comes home he returns to normal, but he still keeps his distance from me.
I've tried everything from lots of love and affection to treats - nothing seems to get this dog back to the way he was.
I've talked to his mom a lot about it and she told me that she's spanked him more than 30 or 40 times in his life for all the things hes destroyed or terror he's caused with other matters.
Why when I spank him ONCE (and not even with my palm) he has regarded me as a tyrant and is no longer himself when we are alone.
It's driving me crazy and am afraid that it could cost him a home to live in. I can't have a timid little dog cowing in the corner in my house - its just not ok.