I was just reading my "Boxers for Dummies" book going over it again. My boxer is now 8 weeks old and he's startin to need lessons. But the book mentions squirting the dog in tha face with a watergun as punishment. Has anyone else every heard of this? I think it'd work but i want opinions.... Adam n Major
I've used a watergun (not the high pressure super soakers) on my dogs to squirt them when they are getting into something or chewing on something inappropriate. My only complaint about water guns is they tend to leak more and cost more than your usual water spray bottle.
When we had our first Golden, someone told me to get a water bottle and when we caught him doing something wrong (chewing the kids toys, etc) to squirt him right behind the ear---this way he would wonder where it came from and not associate it with us. Although it did work, whenever we get out a squirt bottle (for any reason) , still to this day, he gets this guilty look on his face and runs away. It does work, but I don't think I would squirt him directly in the face. After a little while, all you'll have to do is hold up the squirt bottle and your dog will get the message!!
i had always been told to use the spray bottles for cats. i never used it for either cats or dogs. but apparently from what everyone says it works. a simple no and redirection has always worked good enough for me.
My thoughts on watergun training. I think the dog will understand that when they do certain actions they get squirted and that is all. I see some problems with this. The dog does not understand thet you, the alpha are displeased. the dog may also develop a fear of water or worse you. as i write this I think that it is a rude obnoxious way to train your animal. the hand that feeds and praises shall be the hand that disiplines