It’s strange to me that I’ve been giving Lion bruises on his butt. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve tried to give him a bruise in the past. I was never sure why I would try to do it. I don’t know that I am still. But here I am, whomping him and leaving bruises.
Maybe it’s because it’s part of an experiment. I’m going to do X number of swats and I spank until I’ve done it. Maybe it’s because I’m training Lion. I’m trying to make him stay still for punishment. It has nothing to do with me. We’re not training me, after all. I’m just the one on the other end of the paddle.
I know that’s not true of course. We’re training both of us. He needs to learn to stay still and I need to learn to give an effective punishment. Does that include bruises? Apparently it does. I don’t think it’s necessarily the goal, but if they happen, they happen.
I’ve also been drawing some blood. Lion says I haven’t, but I see it. You can see it in the image (above, right) Maybe it doesn’t come across clearly in pictures, but it’s there. I find that somewhat disturbing. It makes sense that he should feel pain. A bruise is technically bleeding too, but it’s not an open wound. I don’t want to take any chances with infection.
I don’t know what to do about it. I don’t really want to stop in the middle of our experiment. It just bothers me. Maybe it’s not such a big deal. Obviously, if there’s a lot of blood or if it’s a big wound, I’d stop. I guess we’ll just have to take it as it comes.