Well...hmmm. I have 7 dogs here, all with different personalities and little idiosyncrasies.
The universal punishment tool is clapping my hands loud and speaking harshly, eyeballing them intensly as I speak.
When that does not work I stand up quickly or step at them quickly, menencely, my body langage indicating I am about to Alpha them in a real sense.
And last but not least, the empty walmart bag. This is my last option. I take an empty walmart bag and scrunch it up and snag the offender that has exhausted his last option and stand over him in a dominant position and swish the noisy, scrunchie walmart back from the offenders ears down to his tail, all the while speaking the word NO harshly, almost growling it at the offender.
The walmart monster bag only comes out of the laundry room in the most dire instances.
Mind you after a time or two with the Walmart monster I do not have too many instances. I do not believe in violence or pain, just a method to get my point across. They do not have a problem with plastic bags that hold groceries. I believe they know the difference between those bags and the Walmart monster plastic bag.
I use the word NO along with a word or phrase like no jumping or no barking quiet. For the most part this works for mine. When they are extremely bad I use direct eye contact so they know who is the boss.
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If one of them is chasing the cat I just call them,tell them "no" and put them in down stay.
If its aggression with me its roll over time.If it aggression with dogs they will get corrected with the collar,now on Caesar i use a pinch collar.If he starts anything it a quick pop.It get my pint across.Then I make him work.He will then go through about 10 minutes of obedience.So he learns that if hes going to misbehave then its going to be a correction then work and he gets tired.So he learns to be good most of the time,so he doesnt have to work his lazy butt.
i use a squirt bottle fill with water my dog hates it. sometimes i dont have to use it. i will say i'm get your bottle and he stops whatever he doing wrong,cant rember who the member was who told me about it, but till this day i thank her for the advice.my dog is sooooooo spoil, and since i dont believe in spanking him i'll just go get his little bottle , if you start hitting or spanking on your dog it would only make him nervous or shaking i have a chi he has no fear in him what so ever.the only time he shakes if he's cold.my hubby friends tried stomping they feet at him to scare him . you better believe i put a STOP to that! now when they come over tea does his little barking.and they speak very nice to my dog even while he's barking.my hubby would say please!!!! dont mess with her dog. lol.lol..
Actually, most of the time just a "uh uh" noise and redirection will work for them. With some really difficult behaviors we've used "No" and the squirt bottle.
Ryssa (border collie mix) is proving to be a real challenge...while it's getting better, she still attempts to herd me around the house when I tell her no, sit next to Jim (her person), or give her a command. I think if she had a middle finger she would flip me off any chance she could. Even with all of the frustration that these behaviors cause (and all the work we still have to do), I still prefer her attitude and confidence now compared to the shrinking and cowering girl she was when she was rescued.
Teacup, that water bottle method, If I could only be so lucky!
My SPoo's love water so much that would become an instant game. I can see it now, ::far off dreamly look that turns suddenly to horror:: They would be tearing the curtains off the rods and ripping the carpet up to get squirted. Washing cars around here is a dodge game, trying to get the car wet and dodge the Spoo's dashing in to grab the spray with their mouths.
:;shakes head vigorously::: That spray bottle idea would never work in this nuthouse.
My dogs love water so much we can't wash a car or water the lawn, heck it is hard just to fill their water pail with the hose. If mine learned that the spraying was punishment they'd be very, very bad on purpose.
It works if you add vinegar to the water, Joquelle. Dogs (and people) find the smell highly offensive. It'll break up fights and scuffles in a heartbeat when the mixture is 50/50.
Our dogs are very sensitive, and a harsh word and stomped foot is more than enough to get them to settle down. (It works on my kids too). I have swatted my dogs on the rump in conjunction with that for big big time offenses if they are being extra determined. Things like, stealing food from our child, getting on the table, and getting into the trash are examples of things that are Super Bad. Riddick has never done anythign to deserve a swat, Bowen hasn't since the last time he tried to take food from my daughter soon after she learned how to walk (so like 3 years).
The only time I've ever used what I considre to be true physical force on a dog was when we had a rescue Akita who attacked Bowen and would not let him go. My child was in the house and I was unwilling to stick my hand in between a 110 lb akita and my dog, so I grabbed the nearest handy thing, which was a large plastic bridge part of my daughter's train set and belted him with it in the head. The Akita backed down immediately, and after that he had total respect for me heh.
Jocquelle i cant stop laughing.my advise to you is...dont use the spray bottle!!!! LMAO.... Minniyar I would be scare to use vinegar in his squirt bottle due to the fact it might get in his eyes and burn....
If you have the spray bottle set to stream, they're very accurate (well as accurate as the shooter is). I spray the body or at where hte nose is pointed (if the dog is into the trash or whatnot) and given the choice between breaking up a fight and getting a temporary burning in the eyes (which will have no lasting effects).. I'd go with the vinegar :P
ok i see what you talking about.as far as the trash can, I would place a bowl of water on top and when he felt like sneaking into the can '' SPLASH'' right on top of his little apple head .....only had to do it one time. lol..lol.. the day it happen i ask him oh you poor baby you didn't happen to sneak in the garbage did you? he was wet from head to toe. omg i just love him to death teacup keeps me laughing everyday he tries someting new and ill be right there waiting little stinker... lol..lol...
I do crate time outs and all priviliges are revoked for a day or two.
For agression issues/dominance problems, I often lift htem up by hte scruff and stare in their face and snarl no. Just to remind thatm, that indeed, I am in charge. Once again, they don't think about challanging me a second time.
A harsh no, if that isn't enough I make him leave the scene and stay away for awhile. He likes to scratch our washer and dryer and refrig. I make him leave that area (leave the scene) and he can not return until I say it is ok, if he sneaks in another harsh(er) no and leave the scene. For other things I will say no real loud and when I get his attention then I will give the command to sit and stay and he does. For something that isn't really bad but I don't want him to do it I will wisk him up in my arms and tell him no, no, not good and he usually leaves whatever it was alone. I am a softy, just like when my kids were little, I didn't spank them and I don't spank my pets. Right or wrong that is how it is in our household.
ha ha you all actually get on to those sweet little pets?...j/k. as some of you know stitch has been in all sorts of trouble poor pup! lol he gets a firm no while i tug his leash (not to hard he only wieghs 2.20 pounds) william and vix knows the rules by no so a good no will do for them.Now tom the cat there is a good question nothing i do helps he loves the water getting sprayed on him heck he'll give himself a bath with it!
I use crate time when they are clearly being stinkers because of over-excitement and exhaustion. I use vinegar for excessive barking and I pick up by scruff when they are jumping/scratching us and toddler. They are not getting the "off" command yet so the cruff puts them in their place. I think it kind of like re-starts them.
Cats- The spray bottle works soooooooo well, that all I have to do now is pick it up so they can see it. the Dog, I say "No" in a stearn voice, that usually stops or I'll step to him rapidly, when I see his ears go down, then I know he got the message.
When I catch them doing something they shouldn't, I stomp my foot or clap my hands and tell them NO! ( barking, chasing the cat, getting into the trash, ect. ) They will run off looking real humble. I have used a rolled up newspaper and smacked it with my hand, the noise scares them and is always enough, I never have to and never would, actually hit them. I usually have to try to quit laughing before I disipline them.