Kimberly here: when I first started noticing the dog shaming, I thought it was funny, cute, and all in good fun. I considered doing it with our dogs, with captions like “I destroy toys in less than 15 minutes” and “I find cool things to snack on in the trash.”
Then I saw the bummer images and it sort of tainted a funny idea as some people became dark in their messages. I wanted to write an article about it and was excited when Kaitlin approached me with the idea of sharing her thoughts.
There has been a trend becoming more and more poplar in the last couple months. I am talking about dog shaming. Dog shaming (for those of you that just came to the internet) refers to hanging of a sign around a dog’s neck displaying what they have done wrong. Before there was dog shaming there was the trend of shaming your children for substantial things that they had done wrong. (Under aged drinking, taking drugs, etc.) Both dog shaming and human training is pictured above.
Light hearted fun or harmful?
It has been a revolution. Dog shaming is the more “light hearted” version of shaming, but the question has been asked “Is this right?” “Can this harm my pet’s mental health?” The same argument can be made for child shaming, but that is a separate issue that I don’t have the degree to talk about.
But think about it, even though it is funny to point out the little things that our pets do wrong, is it right? I think that it can do little to harm your pet. I say that because it is all in good fun. Hanging signs around your pets neck when they leave a present in your shoe is creative way to let your internet friends know about you and the life of your pet.
Keep it light hearted; not mean
For now it doesn’t seem that likely that there is a connection between your pet’s mental well-being but be kind! It is important to keep that light-hearted tone and not get too mean! Just because your dog can’t read it doesn’t mean that it is ok to put them down.
Rule of thumb: If your dog could talk, and it would make them upset, don’t do it. What I mean by that is, don’t make signs for your dog using foul language, calling them names. It is not nice, and in my opinion, it makes the owner look like a jerk!
Have you heard of “owner shaming?”
To critics of the “shaming” trend, there is a counter movement. “Owner shaming” has been popping up everywhere, especially the Petafiles! It is a way for owners to admit to the web how they haven’t been a super perfect parent. I think it is a good way to show that it isn’t all about dissing your dog! (Pictured below)
Shaming as discipline?
The question you may have is, “Kaitlin, have you ever shamed your dog?” The answer is no! Do I think it can be detrimental? No. Will you ever find me doing it? No. I just feel like there are other ways that you can discipline your pet without shaming them.
The question on my mind is how long will this last? Is the dog shaming craze almost at an end, or will this become the new way to train your dog? Ok, ok, maybe I am looking too much into it, but it will be interesting to see if this craze sticks around for a while.
Kaitlin Falatovich is a content writer/student/pet mama. She works for dog.com! For articles like this one, click here!
So what are your thoughts on dog shaming?