[My puppy] A-- is now destroying our carpet by digging it up and chewing on the fibres... we tried the no-bite spray and it turns out that she doesn't mind the taste... what should we do??
A quick summary of the comments:
- Beat her! (obviously meant as a joke)
- Shake a plastic jar with coins in it
- Squirt her face with a water bottle
- Block her off in a non-carpeted area and supervise her when she's on carpet
- Grab her by the nape of the neck (like her mom would) and say "No!"
- Blow air in her face
- Use the coins idea, but say "No, A--!" because dogs like to hear their names associated with their behavior
- Crate-train her
- Give her toys with treats in them
- Scruff her if you catch her in the act and try the brown Listerine
- Rolled up newspaper (hopefully meant as a joke)
|This is the puppy in question. Photo credit: my friend|
I am by no means an expert on dog training, but I felt like I should chime in on the positive training side. This was the comment that I left:
We keep our dogs crated when we can't supervise them. When they're out, we shove toys in their faces and pet/praise/treat them when they play with their toys. If they do something undesired (in our case, it's usually fighting or jumping on the couch), we call them over, and if they listen, we make them sit and give them treats. If they do not listen, they get a short time out in their crates. It does seem to have helped them listen to us better.
|Puppy Badger before he was banned from the couch|
I really hope my friend does not employ the old-school punishment methods with her puppy. I would like to follow up with some links to some positive training methods written by an actual trainer. So far, I have the Dog Star Daily training textbook.
If you know of a good positive-reinforcement training article, please post a link in the comments!
Is there anything else I can do to steer my friend toward positive training methods?