Posted by: Linda Trunell | November 16, 2017

8 reasons why you shouldn’t train your dog using a spray bottle.

Put down the spray bottle and train with your brain! Excellent information here.

Glasgow Dog Training By Dog Behaviourist John McGuigan

Article by Mirkka Koivusalo,


Reblogged here. Enjoy. 

Most dogs have some annoying habits. We humans want them to stop as quickly as possible.

Some humans have a little handheld tool they use to stop behaviors they don’t like: a squirt bottle. A sharp spray of water in the dog’s face should stop jumping/chewing/nipping/barking pretty efficiently, right? Plus the gadget is cheap, easy to get and shouldn’t really hurt the dog, right? Well, not in my opinion.

I am a professional dog trainer, and I have, in my time, used a squirt bottle as punishment. It’s worked. It made my then-puppy learn to leave the curtain, rug and a corner of the coffee table alone. Would I use the squirt bottle as a training technique with my clients or own dogs today, with the current knowledge that I have on dog behavior? No, I would not.

Today, I see…

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