What's the best way to punish your puppy?

My friend doesn't know how to punish her puppy when she does something bad that she doesn't want her to do. We want to find the best way to punish her and her understanding that she should not do that. I'v heard a strong no might work but she feels like she just looks at her like she has no idea what she's talking about. Should she put her somewhere as a punishment? We aren't sure. What should she do?

Asked by Enzo on Aug 20th 2009 Tagged puppies in Behavior & Training
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I would NEVER stick a puppy's nose in it. Thats something my grandma would have done, old school thinking and it just creates fear and confusion for your puppy. GEEZ!!!!!
Deogie is 2 and has never been or ever would be punished. Positive training is key to having a well rounded dog. If the puppy is chewing on something she shouldn't be, a firm no and direct her to something she can have..a bone or toy. I filled a toybox for Deogie and took him there to choose his chew thing. Praise like crazy when she takes the given item. Housetraining is quite simple if done correctly. Never let pup out of your sight. Take out often and again praise and treat when business is done outside. If pup starts to sniff, do circles, goes into a squat or you catch her going, a firm no and immediately take outside. Punishing after the fact teaches her nothing.
A pup should never be left alone anywhere in the home, crate when your unable to watch what's going on. Where puppy goes, you go and vice versa.

♥ DEOGIE ♥ answered on Aug 20th.

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K-10 Von Canein

Positive reinforcment is best. A strong no is also good, but no physical beatings! I repeat, no physical beatings. G.S.D.'s do not respond well to physical "no training", and most other dogs do not as well. A strong "NO" must be given immediately, not ten seconds after the offence. Potty training not done in a kennel must be enforced with a verbal "NO", and sometimes stick the puppy's nose in it at the same time, then send the puppy outside. Within a few seconds of a "No" command, and at the first opportunity for the dog to do something good, GIVE THE PUP a praise! Dog's love to be praised, and love attention. Beating a dog will only lead you to being a dog owner, with a dog who wishes and dreams of a better owner and companion.

K-10 Von Canein answered on 8/20/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I completely disagree about sticking a puppy's nose in their accident. At best it teaches them nothing, and at worst you can inadvertently teach them to just not potty in front of you, and it can also teach them that you are unpredictable and scary. It also does NOT teach them where they SHOULD go.

Show puppy what you WANT it to do instead of dreaming up ways to punish it for things you didn't want it to do. She won't learn if you aren't showing what you want.

Pick up "The Power of Positive Training" by Pat Miller. Very easy read, and lots of "step by step".

Please come by the Behavior or Puppy Place forums for step-by-steps on positive potty training among other things. Your question is kind of vague so you can elaborate in the forum...

Kolbe answered on 8/20/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


A firm NO is the only form of "punishment" that should every be used. You are dealing with a pup, so its going to take a lot of repetition and consistancy in training.

Time Outs do absolutely no good. In order to be effective, a correction MUST happen a split second after the behaivor. Therefore timing is critical. You have about 2 seconds to correct or its lost. To correct the problem, put the pup on a leash and use NO or a lite tug on the leash if she is jumping, barking or crossing a boundry. If "NO" will do, use that insteed. In the case of biting, a loud squeal or OUCH will usually do fine.

A rule of thumb I have always used is: Use the minimum amount of correction nessessary to stop the behaivor. Overkill will only damage your relationship with your dog.

If you want a well behaved dog, spend your time training and reinforcing the GOOD behaivor. Puppys learn much faster with positive reinforcement.

Above all, be consistant in your training and use lots of patience.

Patchs answered on 8/20/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Two other good training books are "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training" by Pamela Dennison. I used it for some small stuff and it is a perfect book for those starting out. She goes step by step and all with positive reinforcement.
The other book is "Parenting Your Dog" by Trish King. She also breaks things down for you, but she also explains where a puppy, adolescent and adult dog is coming from and you will understand dogs much better.
Both are easy reads, but the Idiot's Guide has so much good info and examples that I think that would really benefit your friend. In it Pamela Dennison talks about how one of her dogs always stole the towel used to dry their feet. So, she decided to make it a game and a few days of doing that, the dog waited for her direction to go get the towel and "mop the floor" as she says. She turned a negative into a positive by making his bad behavior fun and her dog stopped stealing the towels.
Your friend needs to read, read, read. Good luck.

Member 768404 answered on 8/20/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I too am highly disappointed anybody would suggest sticking a puppy's nose ion it in this millennium.

Puppies seldom need punishment. You can give them a stern ''Ah, ah, ah!'' to interrupt them when you catch them in the act of doing something they shouldn't. Follow up with what they should be doing, taking them out, offering a chew toy or whatever.

For more on housebreaking, see www.dogster.com

Aster answered on 8/20/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Good advice except for rubbing the nose in it. I'll state the obvious. Enroll in training class - (puppy or obedience1 depending on age) where you'll learn basic commands like leave it and drop it.

Max answered on 8/22/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer