To make a happy dog do NOT break his spirit.
Ways you WILL break your dog’s spirit:
Allowing Your Dog to Suffer If an animal is hurt or injured, please seek veterinary care.
Leaving a Dog Alone for Inordinate Amounts of Time.
Not Walking Your Dog or Engaging in Quality Time.
Taking a Dog’s Food or Treats Away While Eating.
Punishing a Dog with “Time Out” in a Kennel.
Hitting a Dog
Scold / Yell / Rubbing a Dog’s Nose in Waste For Relieving Himself In the House
How to discipline your dog
- Distract. Make a loud noise to distract your puppy from whatever they are doing. A loud yell, a slap on the table or shake a jar with a few pennies in it. This should startle him and focus his attention on you.
- Scruff-Shake. Grab the fur under his ear on his neck and shake – a “brief but brisk shake”. This works best if you catch them in the act and the scruff-shake is a surprise.
- Put-Down. Push the puppy over (quickly but gently) either on to his side or onto his back and lean over him. This reinforces that you are dominant.
- Isolation. Say no and then ignore your puppy. Puppies are very social and they won’t like it that you aren’t paying attention to them.
- Time-Out. Put the puppy outside for a few minutes and then try the same situation again. Or you can stop playing or interacting with the puppy for a few minutes, if you were part of the situation.
- Squirt Bottles. Say “off” or “no” and squirt your dog at the same time. Water guns make this fun for you. Unfortunately many dogs (and cats) find this a fun game as well. Rutherford and Neil suggest using vinegar then, one part vinegar to six parts water.
- Sit Command. Right after saying no, say sit. This gives your dog something else to do other than the bad thing. I’ve also found it effective to just say sit. Usually when they sit they can no longer do whatever it is you didn’t like.