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spray bottle of water

August 12th, 2007, 07:51 PM
does this actually work as a means to get a dog to stop barking?

August 12th, 2007, 08:16 PM
I am not sure if the water would work? besides dogs are funny..he may end up having a fear of the water bottle?? I would try a a firm voice...or a ahh! ahh! type command...if this doesnt work you could try a small lead attached to the collar...using a calm voice correct him...then if he does not stop a small tug type correction on the lead...the trouble I found with leaving a lead on my boy was he always thought he could play with ahh! ahh! seems to work..

Have you tried any of the obediance classes? I found them great!


August 12th, 2007, 08:42 PM
No, I have not found water bottles work to control barking or instill quiet. And I absolutely agree with Winston, I think obedience classes in your case would be a great thing.

August 12th, 2007, 10:41 PM
Wouldn't work for my dog...he LOVES water.:D

August 13th, 2007, 05:46 AM
i looked into the local ones at petco and the people teaching them dont seem legit. more like long time employees trying to make some bucks.

i read something about a spray bottle...was it lemon juice or something?

somebody has to know what im talking about.

and just FYI, he knows all the commands i want him to know, im doing NILIF training with him now so i don't think the formal class is as important.

and yes i do still use the choke collar on walks, he's a puller

August 13th, 2007, 08:18 AM
1 - there are much better training options than Petco. for example: (for home training) Edited to add: I just realized you were in MA (me too!) I HIGHLY recommend as a training facility.

2 - lemon juice in a spray bottle? omg, no. what if you accidently hit the dog in the eye? OUCH! definitely NOT a wise idea.

3 - formal training is not only about the dog learning commands, it's to teach YOU how to communicate effectively with your dog. How to shape behaviors, how to curb behaviors (such as dealing w/ excessive barking), to create a bond & respect through positive means, for socializing, etc...

4 - there are other methods (and tools) available for dealing with a dog who pulls. from learning how to walk in a heel position, to harnesses that don't have the potential to do physical harm such as the choke collar.

August 13th, 2007, 09:09 AM
i thought that the lemon juice seemed odd, which is why i used water.

but i read that they hated the smell of lemons or something..i dunno

i appreciate all the advice

August 13th, 2007, 09:13 AM
Just to add to Jessi76's suggestions ~ a great alternative is the Newtrix collar.