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that mean she will associate water with discipline? I know this is a silly question but we are a 'water' family. Beach, swimming pool, lakes, etc and I hope that she enjoys the water.
Do GSD naturally enjoy water?
I am still learning....

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I don't normally use a spray bottle but I have to with one of my dogs. The funny thing is I've only sprayed her once and now I don't even have to spray her just flash it and she stops doing what she is doing. lol

I will say it hasn't affected her in any negative way when it comes to getting into the water to swim.
 

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Re: If I use the spray bottle as a punishment does

Lisa-

My girl is Annabelle (we call her Bella) as well. Kind of a devil though


Ok, good to know...As far as the spray bottle goes - I certainly do not have to use it as much as last week. We JUST got her last Friday (she will be 12 weeks on Monday) and she is doing well. But when I grab the bottle, she KNOWS. That's not to say I do not have to use it sometimes -I did say she is a DEVIL - . But she is fun, and together with my 13 month old son and 12 year old Rottie mix..whew! I am exhausted with FUN!!!


THANKS AGAIN~

I love your signature quote.
 

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I have a water bottle handy all the time with my angels, (little devils), if they get into mischeif or at the rare time, a squabble, i squirt if i have to. most time s i dont have to pull the trigger though, they see me reaching for it, and stop automatically. its never stopped them from liking water either.
 

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For fence fighting they will get sprayed with the hose in the but. Normally, when I grab for the hose, they fly for their houses.

I very rarely spray any of them, and never did when they were puppies, but if the barking becomes incorrigible (they failed to respond to my ENOUGH!), then I can reach for the nozzle, and you could hear a pin drop. After a few moments, I will say "Good Quiet" and put the nozzle up. That is usually followed by a few whines that I have to either ignore or reach for the nozzle again, but it is fairly effective.

I am really too soft with puppies. I do not like to "punish" them at all until they are about five months old. I do not punish for house training problems, even if an older dog lets go in the house. If it not a normal event, I figure the dog was sick or did not do well with a change in routine, like me getting up going to the bathroom and five thirty and then going back t sleep for four hours when I usually let them out at five thirty. With puppies, punishment for that in not necessary. Proper scheduling and vigilence keeps accidents from happening. Accidents are charged to the human.

I do wonder if I would have sprayed The Screamer just once good when she was a puppy if that would have knocked that behavior out of her.

But I really do not want my dogs to fear me. I prefer to provide them with a task they know how to do and praise them for that. Puppies in particular, I am careful with. Dogs give puppies a puppy license where they can pretty much get away with anything, then one day they decide they need to lay down the law. Usually the puppy license expires around five months. So I kind of like to give them that five months.
 

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Re: If I use the spray bottle as a punishment does

i think eventually they learn the difference. my dogs dont like the water hose because they know it means a bath - so they go to the other side of the yard and just watch me carefully when i have it out. i use a spray bottle for the cats and the dogs will stay clear of that as well. however, in the summer we have water balloon fights which they love... we go to the beach and get in the pool and they love that as well (actually Tilden doesnt like the waves at the beach, but he'll get in a pool, pond, creek, etc)

so basically, they "get it"
 

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Mine run like lightning when I grab the water hose too. Heck, they even take off when I grab the shampoo bottle.
 

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My sister who breeds GSD's doesn't use water but puts a few pebbles in an empty plastic pop bottle and shakes it when her dogs are being naughty..they stop instantly when she reaches for the bottle so she doesnt really use it now...

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Diabla LOOOOVES water. A spray bottle would be the best thing to play and I doubt she'd consider it a punishment ever.
 

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Re: If I use the spray bottle as a punishment does

Originally Posted By: leigh_e_cMy sister who breeds GSD's doesn't use water but puts a few pebbles in an empty plastic pop bottle and shakes it when her dogs are being naughty..they stop instantly when she reaches for the bottle so she doesnt really use it now...

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The good old Naughty can, It will stop almost every dog in my class's from barking, however my pup which i tried this on once or twice runs up to it to see what it is and keeps barking hehe, Brave little guy, all depends on the dog, as for spray bottles use that as a last resort, In my experience they do however work GREAT on cats for scratching and eating fish out of the fish tank
 
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