So, should you punish a dog, even if you don't know what she did wrong? This isn't a question I've ever pondered before last night.
But I felt compelled to give it some thought when, entering my bedroom, my darling Beagle tattled on herself with her unmistakable, 'I'm-so-sorry-please-love-me-anyway' pose.
Naturally, I grew instantly suspicious. She may know how to look guilty, but my dog doesn't play Hot and Cold very well, though I did give it a try. After moving around the room and watching for her reactions, then a quick perusal of the regular 'hot spots,' (bathroom trash, window sill, MY pillow), I called in the Big Guns.
But not even my darling husband could find evidence to prosecute, searching while puppy wallowed on her back, serving as her own damning witness.
So I ask again: should you punish a dog even if you don't know what she did wrong?