There are many ways to discipline your dog. Be careful when using them that you are disciplining your dog while they are doing the bad behavior and not after they’ve quit. For example, if your dog is barking in the back yard and you’ll be barking and you yell at him, he may not be that you’re yelling at him for barking earlier. If you yell at him every time he barks at someone, he might associate your barking with other people. You do not yell at him when they are not around, right?
Here are seven ways to discipline your dog from the book How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With:
1. Distract. Make a loud noise. A loud yell, a slap on the table or shake a jar with a few pennies in it. This should focus on him and focus his attention on you.
2. Scruff-Shake. Grab the fur under his ear on his neck and shake – a “letter but brisk shake”. This works best if you catch them in the act and the scruff shake is a surprise.
3. Put-Down. Push the puppy over (quickly but gently) either on his side or on his back and lean about him. This reinforces that you are dominant.
4. Isolation. Say no and then ignore your puppy. Puppies are very social and they are not paying attention to them.
5. Time-Out. Put the puppy outside for a few minutes and then try the same situation again. Or you can stop playing or interact with the situation.
6. 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.
7. Sit Command. Right after saying no, say sit. This gives your dog something else to do other than the bath thing. I also found it effective to just say sit. If you do not like it, you are not like that.