Our vet gave us a suggestion that has worked well. He recommended it on our first puppy visit.
Use your fore finger and thumb to go over the bridge of their nose and under the lower jaw.
as a c clamp to hold the mouth shut. Look to get their attention, firmly say No and release.
I held my dogs mouth shut and said NO in a very firm manly voice and looked his silly self right in the eye. Now he does what momma wants, and doesn't do what I don't want (unless I'm not around lol). I mean I let him bark when it's not excessive or annoying like for a good reason. But before he'd look up at the sky and bark for the joy of barking. He's learned to only bark at important stuff for important reasons. (02/19/2008)
By Lily 59
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