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42 owners have hit their dogs for discipline, and more than 10% do not think that hitting and kicking is abuse Survey of 350 owners

PLAN-B Co., Ltd.
42 owners have hit their dogs for discipline, and more than 10% do not think that hitting and kicking is abuse [Survey of 350 owners] 219 people used pet sites as a reference for training, but 218 owners were doing wrong training. In addition, 42.6% of the respondents had seen people hitting and kicking.

“INUNAVI”, a dog information dissemination media operated by PLAN-B Co., Ltd. (Tokyo head office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Masanori Toriimoto), targets 350 dog owners nationwide.・We conducted a questionnaire survey on “abuse”.
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42 owners have hit their dogs for discipline, and more than 10% do not think that hitting and kicking is abuse [Survey of 350 owners]
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Summary of survey results
・Many owners thought that the reason why dogs need to be disciplined is “to avoid causing trouble to others” and “to make dogs and humans live happier.” Some owners said, “Because I can see it,” and “It’s because the stress of the owner is unbearable.”
・The most popular reference for dog training was “Internet sites about pets” with 219 people. As a result, many owners refer to information related to the Internet, such as “SNS” 68 people and “Internet question site” 60 people.
・There were 42 owners who had hit, hit, kick, or throw their dogs to discipline their dogs.
・42.6% of the owners answered that they have seen other owners punch or kick their dogs. rice field. In addition, many owners tended to think that the boundary between discipline and abuse was “whether or not the dog would be hurt.”
・As for whether dogs should be kept indoors, 52.6% answered that it depends on the type of dog, but the reasons for this were “outside until the hair loss is over when there is a lot of hair loss” and “just in case there are small children.” There are many reasons for the owner’s convenience, such as “I can’t feel safe unless I keep it outside.”
・56.0% of the owners answered that they would report if they saw a dog kept outside in a terrible condition, but only 0.6% of the owners had actually reported it, and they said, “I don’t know where to report it.” The issue of “the standards are ambiguous” remained.
・In order to prevent abuse of dogs, “owner’s license system” and “stricter punishment for animals” were mentioned, and there were many calls for making it difficult to raise dogs.
Dog training is necessary for “consideration for dogs and
surroundings” and “coexistence”!
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Why do dog owners think they need discipline? That’s why I asked him in the first place.
■ Summary of comments
・To avoid disturbing others
・For dogs and humans to live happier
・For safety
・For master-slave relationships and hierarchical relationships – To build mutual trust
・Because it is not seen with a disgusting face from the surroundings ・To make the owner comfortable and stress-free
There were many comments such as “annoyance to the surroundings” and “for dogs and people to live together”.
▶ The continuation including the actual comments is introduced in this article. 219 people refer to the Internet site for the training of their dog, which is the most!

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■ What methods and mediums did you refer to when training your dog? *Multiple answers
・Internet sites about pets: 219 people
・Books and magazines on discipline: 169 people
・ Acquaintances / friends: 85 people
・SNS (Instagram, Twitter, Ameblo, YouTube, etc.): 68 people
・Internet question site: 60 people
・56 specialists (veterinarians, breeders, etc.)
・Discipline class: 43 people
・Training school: 8 people
・Business trip training: 5 people
・Others: 9 people
・Not disciplined: 7 people
▶ The continuation including other answers is introduced in this article. 218 people were doing the wrong way to discipline their dogs, such as “yelling” and “corporal punishment”!

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■Do you have any behaviors that you have taught your dog about problem behavior or bad things? *Multiple answers
・ Yelling: 141 people
・ Grab the muzzle: 66 people
・ Hitting, punching, kicking, throwing, etc.: 42 people
・Lie them on their backs: 40 people
・Put your fist in your mouth: 24 people
・ Dekopin: 15 people
・Do not give rice: 13 people
・Equipped with a collar that emits electricity when it barks: 6 people ・ Throwing things: 5 people
・Other: 25 people
・I have never done anything like the above: 132 people
▶ The continuation including other answers and actual comments is introduced in this article.
42.6% have seen dogs hit or kicked!
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■Have you ever seen other owners hitting or kicking their dogs? ・No: 57.4% (201 people)
・Yes: 42.6% (149 people)
42.6% of the owners answered that they have seen other owners hitting or kicking their dogs.
More than 40% of owners have seen it, which is not a small number, and it is thought that there are still many owners who raise their hands to their dogs on a daily basis.
There were two types of comments: owners who thought that hitting and kicking were unavoidable as discipline, and owners who said that discipline and abuse are different.
Some worried that they were being abused on a daily basis, and some owners regretted not being able to do anything when they saw them. The type of training you do to your dog depends on the owner, but it may be necessary to make it widely known that corporal punishment, including hitting and kicking, is not discipline.
▶ The actual comments are introduced in this article
The boundary between abuse and training that the owner thinks is “whether to give pain or not”
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■ How do you discipline a dog that you think is abuse? *Multiple answers ・Punching, kicking: 312 people
・ Throwing things: 297 people
・ Wearing a collar that emits electricity when barking: 294 people ・Do not give rice: 275 people
・ Hitting: 241 people
・Fist in mouth: 194 people
・ Dekopin: 180 people
・ Grab the muzzle: 129 people
・ Yelling: 95 people
・Lie them on their backs: 85 people
312 people answered that the most frequent response to discipline behavior for dogs that they consider to be abuse was
Currently, all of these actions are not training, and many pet sites and training books are calling attention to them as things that should not be done. This is probably due to the fact that there is no actual,
“I want to avoid being controlled by pain, but I think it’s
unavoidable depending on the situation as long as you don’t understand the language.” (Male/60s)
There are comments such as this, and it seems that there are quite a few owners who think that corporal punishment is unavoidable. This survey was conducted on 350 owners, but less than half of them said, “grab the muzzle,” “yell,” and “make them lie on their back.” It has become a lot of owners who think.
40.6% of owners think that dogs should be kept indoors, and the most common response is that it depends on the breed.
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■Do you think dogs should be kept indoors?
・By breed: 52.6% (184 people)
・ I think: 40.6% (142 people)
・I don’t think so: 6.9% (24 people)
When asked whether dogs should be kept indoors, 52.6% answered that they depended on the dog breed.
In recent years, as evidenced by some Animal Welfare Centers (*1) proposing to keep dogs indoors, there is a growing interest in animal welfare, and the attitudes of owners to keeping dogs outside are changing.
In fact, 40.6% of the owners answered that they “think” they should be kept indoors.
That said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that dogs can’t be kept outside. The fact that there are no standards for keeping dogs outside in Japan is a problem. .
■ Actual comments
[Depending on dog breed]
“When there is a lot of hair loss, I think it’s good to keep them outside until the hair loss stops, depending on the season.” (Male/30s)
“Assuming you have a dog, I think it would be difficult for a family with small children to keep a large dog indoors. I thought about it.” (Male, 30s)
“I think it’s okay to keep weak dogs such as small dogs indoors. Large dogs such as St. Bernards and Dalmatians can’t be kept indoors in the first place, so I think they’re fine outside.” (Female/30s)
“I heard that if you keep them outside, their lifespan will be shortened. It’s unbelievably hot in the summer, so I feel sorry for them if you keep them outside.” (Female, 30s)
“Summer is unbearably hot, and I don’t think I can always drink fresh water. I don’t think I can communicate with my family clearly.” (Female/30s)
Many overseas pet developed countries have a minimum area according to the size of the dog, and the number and time of walks are stipulated by law.
If such a law exists in Japan, you will inevitably live with a dog of a size that matches your living situation, so you won’t have to worry about the stress of keeping your dog indoors.
【Do not think】
“I don’t think it makes sense to keep a guard dog in the house.” (Male/30s) “Because in the countryside it’s still common to keep them outside. If they don’t bark unnecessarily, I think it’s okay to keep them outside.” (Male/40s)
“The purpose of keeping a dog depends on the person, so I don’t think people should be involved in keeping a dog outside, and indoors.” (Male/30s)
(*1) Reference: Niigata Prefecture “Modern Dog Ownership [Animal Welfare Center]” (*2) Reference: AWGs “Current Situation Surrounding Keeping Dogs Outside and Proposals for Legal Revisions”
“I think it’s good to protect lives” that dogs left outside in harsh weather become a hot topic on SNS and are reported.
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Dogs that are tied up outside without shelter from the rain and wind often become a hot topic on social media, and animal police, public health centers, the police, and protection groups have been notified. It is thought that this is one of the reasons why the image of domesticated outside = abuse is strongly imprinted on the mind. ■ Actual comments
“Reporting is an appropriate act. Because the Animal Welfare Act is based on the premise that ‘it is for the safety of the public.’ I feel that the role of animal police should be set up in the police and fire departments. The Japanese way of thinking about pets and the administration are so far behind, so it is better to treat animal cruelty in the same way as assaults on people.” (Female, 40s) “I feel sorry for him. In the case of indoor dogs, I wonder if the same thing can happen even if they can’t be seen from the outside.” (Female/30s)
“I think it’s a good thing that examples of bad dog care spread and the idea of ​​improving dog care for the sake of dogs spreads. Also, I think it would be even better if we could save the dog that has become a hot topic.” (Female, 30s)
Many owners commented that it would be a good thing if their lives could be saved by becoming a hot topic on SNS and reporting. However, there are some comments that require dialogue with the owner and scrutiny of the information, so the difficulty of making decisions may be an issue.
56.0% of respondents said that they would report a dog when they saw a dog kept outside in a terrible condition.
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■If you see an outside dog left in a terrible state, will you report it? ・ I think I will report: 56.0% (196 people)
・I don’t know: 32.2% (113 people)
・ I don’t think I will report: 7.1% (25 people)
・I actually saw it but did not report it: 4.0% (14 people)
・Have actually reported: 0.6% (2 people)
56.0% of the owners answered that they would report the dog if they saw an outside dog left in a terrible state.
I thought that the majority of people would like to be talked about on SNS and reported, but it seems that there are many owners who hesitate to report when they actually see such a dog. is.
In addition, only 0.6% of the owners answered that they had actually reported it, and more owners did not report it even if they actually saw it. It can be inferred that there is also a desire to avoid trouble.
There are also comments such as “I don’t know where to report” and “I don’t want to get into trouble” so I don’t report.
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So how can we prevent dog abuse?
It’s a very difficult question, but I asked the owners.
■ Summary of comments
・Owner’s qualification/license system
・Stricter punishment of laws against animals
・Notification of reporting and consultation of abuse
・Dogs should be recognized as not “things”
・Regulations on pet shops and breeders
・Introduction of dog tax
・Obligation of training before breeding
・Clarify the definition of abuse
There were many comments calling for the owner’s qualification and license system and stricter punishment of the law.
■ Actual comments
“If we can improve the situation so that anyone can easily own a dog, and make it something like a driver’s license that requires a certain amount of conditions and qualifications, I think things will change a little.” (Female/40s)
“First of all, I want pet shops to be abolished. If they are sold like commodities, they are easy to get. Recently, I saw a scene in a commercial where people buy dogs as gifts, and I felt disgust. It should be recognized.” (Female / 40s)
It is difficult to eliminate abuse of dogs, but seeing such opinions may be an opportunity to think about abuse.
“The level of abuse is different for each person, but if the way our family does it (decopin, lying on your back) is abuse, I think it’s an overreaction. As to whether abuse will end, people are also abused, so It is even more difficult for dogs to avoid abuse.” (Male, 30s) There is also a comment, and it may be a problem in the first place that it is ambiguous to call it abuse.
Under the Animal Welfare and Management Act in Japan, animal cruelty is defined as the state of abandonment of breeding, such as leaving an animal untreated for injury or disease, or not giving it enough food or water, and the act of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. It is undeniable that the term “unnecessarily torture” is too broad. Considering that laws and regulations that respect dogs are
established in detail overseas, it would be unavoidable to demand a more advanced definition of abuse and stricter penalties.

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42 owners have hit their dogs for discipline, and more than 10% do not think that hitting and kicking is abuse [Survey of 350 owners]
▼Survey overview
Questionnaire content: Questionnaire about discipline and abuse of dogs Survey method: Internet survey
Target: 350 dog owners nationwide (256 women / 94 men)
Survey period: November 22nd to November 24th, 2022
*This article introduces the attributes of the respondents and the age and breed of the dog.
■Company Profile
PLAN-B Co., Ltd.
Osaka head office: 6th floor, Yotsubashi Grand Square, 1-28-3 Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka
Tokyo head office: Shimadzuyama PREX 3F, 2-5-9 Higashi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Masanori Toriimoto, Representative Director
Established: October 22, 2003
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