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.
and how do you train the humans around him?