Dog Obedience Advice: Use a Squirt Bottle

I am a mad 'critter' lover of all types, but have always had a problem with some methods of disciplining pets that I have read. I often consider them cruel. About the best, and most friendly (if that is the right term), is a simple spray bottle with plain old water and perhaps a drop of citrus oil.


My four dogs love playing in water, 'biting' water from the garden hose, and don't even mind a bath, but they "hate" getting squirted! Go figure. We have a busy home business and sometimes the dogs get a bit carried away when clients arrive, so a quick shake of the bottle, a stern "No barking!" and if necessary a quick squirt, and voila.

Now I only have to shake the spray bottle and all is quiet, butter wouldn't melt in their mouths! It even works well on my cockatoo! So results with absolutely no physical or mental harm done and no harm to the environment.

By Vicki Keong from Australia

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May 13, 20100 found this helpful

I use a squirt bottle 2 keep my cats off the table n counters. 'course that only works when I'm around, lol. What kinda 'cirtrus' do u use?

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August 3, 20220 found this helpful

ive used a water spray in the past too and it does work.however my on going problem with my dogs is barking and pulling on the lead when passing other dogs,and i dont have a spare hand for the spray!im sure it would help.i fear the behaviour is well ingrained now-they arent pups but are aged between 11 and 13!still naughty!xxxx

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