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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    There's lots of things that puppies do that are fun for puppy but not ok for you, so you can teach puppy not to jump in her water bowl. Much the same way you teach puppy it's not ok to chew power cords or your ugg boots.

    Pump up squirty bottle handy in this situation as it gives you a long reach and a way of getting your puppy to stop without you actually being in direct contact. Ie the distraction/correction isn't directly connected to you. Your floor still gets a bit wet for a while though.

    20 minutes is a bit long. It depends if you want to stop the take away kibble. If you notice take away kibble - take the bowl up then. If it's the first piece of kibble, then maybe wait ten minutes and put the bowl down to try again, but if puppy is doing this, she's not that hungry and skipping a meal might solve it.
    Good advice IMO.

    The more you leave a bowl lying around with food in it, the less chance you will ever have of establishing set meal times, where they know to eat what is given to them.

    If they know they can simply 'graze' all day at their leasure, they will learn to turn their noses up at food until somthing better comes along, as they know it's always available.

    Set meal times for dogs are very important to me in establishing good eating habits for the future.

    I know a lot of ppl just leave a bowl of kibble out 24/7, but that's not my idea of good eating routine. I don't 'graze' all day, as I don't think that's healthy for me, either! Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Pump up squirty bottle handy in this situation as it gives you a long reach and a way of getting your puppy to stop without you actually being in direct contact. Ie the distraction/correction isn't directly connected to you. Your floor still gets a bit wet for a while though.
    This is a "must have" piece of training equipment in this house, especially in dealing with Spirit's obsession with Scout. She just won't leave him alone & the squirt bottle is the only thing that gets her attention & her respect. Scout doesn't like the squirt bottle either. When he won't get off the counters & continually jumps back up after I've popped him off 6 times in a row & told him "no", it's my resort of last choice & gets the message through to him.

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    About the squirt bottle, do I just squirt her in the face? I have a water gun? Is this negative reinforcement?

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    With regard to the water, have you seen the non spill water bowls available? I think she would be hard pushed to splash the water around from that
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    Hi Jennifer112

    Sorry I missed the question about the squirt bottle.

    Start with a near miss - if that works then no need to squirt the dog. Avoid squirting in the face or ears unless you can't get a response any other way. Start aiming for the tail end and belly if the near miss doesn't work.

    Bark busters use a small zip bag with a chain (eg slip collar) in it and throw that - for the noise is distracting - similar effect but you do not want to hit the dog with it.

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    Thanks everyone!!
    She doesn't splash the water anymore but if she starts again I will be sure to use some of these great ideas

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