How to punish your dog for bad behavior?

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There are lots of examples of positive punishment: yelling at the dog, tapping the dog on the nose with a newspaper, using a citronella collar to stop barking (the collar squirts citronella in the dog's face when it detects a bark), alpha rolls or 'dominance downs' where the dog is rolled on their side or forced into a ...

Disciplinary methods that are considered to be positive and beneficial are:

  1. Time-outs.
  2. Using your voice to put a stop to unwanted behavior, rather than hitting your dog.
  3. Taking their toys away.
  4. Avoiding giving your dog attention when they misbehave.
First, stop your dog in the act of whatever he's doing, then give him a different, pet parent-approved option. For example, if you walk into a room and notice him chewing your shoes or hairbrush, swiftly tell him "No!" and take the item out of his mouth. Once your dog is calm, present him with an actual chew toy.

Part 1 Responding to Bad Behavior

  1. Correct your dog's behavior. If your dog misbehaves, give them a cue or sign that they've made the wrong decision.
  2. Remove your attention.
  3. Avoid giving attention to bad behavior.
  4. Do not raise your voice or hit the dog.
  5. Teach bite inhibition.

Wait the 10 to 15 seconds and let him out.

Repeat this until he stops the behavior.

If you want to punish your dog for something he already did - you'll just have to get over it, as you're too late! Your dog already had his fun and has no idea why you are now punishing him.


Thirty seconds in time-out is usually enough to punish a bad behavior, though I would not suggest leaving your dog there any longer than one minute.

To use negative punishment on a dog that has a high play drive, you should take away the opportunity for your dog to play with his favorite toy.


Tell your dog "Quiet" and then punish every single bark after the warning signal.

This will teach your pet to be quiet before getting punished.

You must also reward quiet times for it to work properly.

Note: never physically punish your pet.


Whenever your dog's behavior changes, it is always a sign to be vigilant.

While some changes in behavior are natural stress reactions to significant but ultimately benign life events like moving or new additions to the family, other changes can imply that something is very wrong.

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