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    how do you punish your dog? i use a water pistol very sparingly because i'm afraid he might figure out that it can't actually do anything to him. i usually only have to go near it and my dog will get scared. after he stops whatever i don't want him to be doing i put the gun away and i tell him to come and we cuddle and all is good again.

    as he gets older and stronger i'm sure the water pistol will lose its edge. he is terrified of it right now.

    also i have a mom who does not know how to act around dogs. she treats it like a thing that requires food, barks and needs to be let out once in a while to poo. therefore whenever my pup does something it knows it is not supposed to do when i am not around eg. dig holes, my mom rushes out screaming. my mom is a very small non-threatening woman and my pup seems to enjoy the attention.

    however, my dog has now resorted to do to restricted things in order to get attention which has resulted in his spraying of the face earlier this morning. we have since made up and all is well but i fear my dog will grow out of the water pistol soon. he is approaching his 5th month and he is getting bigger and much faster.

    how do you punish your dog? i am looking for something more than a simple no and something less than a smacking across the face.

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    and how do you train the humans around him?
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    Dodge doesn't listen to any of my discipline, she only listens to Dad... and he simply has to say 'get lost' in a quiet (almost whisper) but deep and firm tone of voice and she is off, totally forgetting whatever it was that she was doing. She has so much respect for my Dad.

    Koda i've found responds to vocal discipline really well. If i catch him doing something he shouldn't be, i will walk outside and say in a loud and growly voice either "no" or "get out of it" and he will stop instantly. Sometimes if that doesn't work and i catch him doing something naughty i will lock him up for five minutes every time he does it. He eventually learns that if he does that thing, he gets locked up which is no fun at all

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    how do you punish a dog for doing something he does he shouldn't do while you are away? eg. rips up a pillow while i'm out.

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    You can't... he simply wouldn't know what he is being punished for
    If he's known to rip up pillows take them away from him next time you go out

    Gracie is punished by being put outside or in the bathroom
    The worst thing for her is being separated

    If she barks, nips or mouths on hands she is placed in a soft muzzle for a few minutes
    We only started doing this last week and the sign of the muzzle is already resulting in her stopping whatever she is doing wrong

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    I don't really punish them as such. If they do something they shouldn't I just say 'no' and they'll usually listen if a simple 'no' doesn't do I yell at them. Me being mad at them is probably punishment enough. Somehow they always know when I mean it, especially Roxy who always cowers and flops onto her back when I yell - even though I usually yell at Nero not her.

    Most of the time they're pretty good. My biggest concern is them chasing wildlife. If they're coming when called they almost always get a treat. If they're not coming, I go and get them and they have to stay on the lead afterwards. I never punish them for something they did earlier - I mean what's the point. They're smart - but not that smart And I have hit Nero only once ever. Actually I kicked him. That was when he tried to attacked a big and very angry roo. He wouldn't come and wouldn't back off even though the roo already took aim to take his guts out. I didn't kick him hard, it was rather to make him lose balance and give the roo a chance to retreat. Which it didn't do. It was REALLY pissed off! Luckily nobody got hurt but it was very scary.

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    If I growl at Maggie her ears go down, her tail droops, the bottom drops out of her world and I end up feeling like a bitch.
    I am told she is like many border collies, sensitive little flowers but physically very tough and robust. She has a very high pain threshold but her feelings are easily bruised.

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    As Rubberlegs said, you can't punish a dog for something it did earlier. You have to catch them in the act otherwise they won't understand why they are being punished. If your pup is being destructive while you are out you will just have to either remove those items from the pups reach, restrict the pups access to particular areas or use some kind of bitter apple spray on the items to deter the dog... doesn't work for all dogs though.

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    Farrview, that's so funny. It's the same with Roxy. The discrepancy between being physically super-though but mentally a little flower is still often mind blowing for me.

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    dog ripped up a pillow earlier this morning and my dad smacked it across the nose. I've already explained to him that the pup wouldn't understand but he did it anyway and my mom already has a roll of newspaper ready to hit him with in case my dog does something.

    what can you do when you live with really ignorant, selfish people?

    anyway, the dog doesn't come now. you know when you say "come here" and then they hit the dog. and he usually sleeps on my lap when i'm typing in front of the computer and now he sleeps a little bit away from me. he'll get over it and its no big deal but he's my dog and i'm responsible for how he turns out and if my dog bites someone when he gets older they'll blame me. that's the worst part really. and its not my fault. its theirs for confusing the heck out of my dog. how am i going to punish him now?

    anyway, never mind the dog, training humans, what's the strategy? i can't always be around to look after him and even if I am they won't listen to me.
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