I have not used this method, but I sometimes use a metal tin filled with some pennies. When she misbehaves, I shake the tin, but I make sure she does not see me actually shaking it. This way, she learns to associate a loud, unpleasant noise with bad behavior.
Start with water, first. We started using water when Maggie was a pup. She hated it so much, we never even had to mix in vinegar. Now, if I even pick up the bottle, she stops what she is doing-no need to even spray her.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
I heard about this on another post they said they HATE the smell of viniger and will stop immediently for fear of being hit with it again. Personally I have never use it, I use plain water, but I dont see why, from what i have heard about it, that you couldnt.
Use of a spray bottle is "PUNISHMENT" if tt dog doesn't like it. So don't bad mouth the term if you have ever used one or denied a dog a treat until it performed because that is also PUNISHMENT in the dogs eye!!! One suggestion when you use the spray bottle and it causes the dog to stop the behavior quickly reward the "stop" with verbal praise. It is best that it occur simoultaneously (sp)with the stopping. What you will see, when the protocol is done properly is a dog that doesn't demonstrate the bad behavior any longer because he was praised for stopping it!!!(or not doing it) Remember ot occassionaly praise the dog just for being good in the given situation. Then you don't even need the pray bottle. Technique "Forced Praise"
I wouldnt use the spray bottle. Titos old owners did that and he is terrified of anything that sprays. Even the garden hose. I spray windex he will leave the room in a flash. I am working on him with it and hes doing better but i would stick with voice commands and a hand bite. The pennys in a can is better then the spray i think.
"Pennys in the can" is also "PUNISHMENT". I don't disagree with the use of any of these. If you want the behavior to be changed instead of just halted for the momment you will have faster more concrete success if you use praise simultaneously with the dog stopping the bad behavior!!! Also create the situation so that you can get the necessary repitition to actually accomplish learning. by the way all of these methods are labeled as "Force" training just as using treats is!