How to Scold A Puppy In A Gentle (But Effective) Way

Puppies are cute, especially when they go all cuddly and playful with you. But do you know what’s not cute about puppies? It’s when they’re chewing your favorite shoes, clothes, furniture, and doing their business on your bed, sofa, and carpet.

Is your puppy a good little angel when you’re in plain sight, but acts like a little devil when you are out of they don’t see you? Well lucky for you, we would be teaching you how you can scold your puppy gently in an effective way. This way, you don’t have to keep an eye on them every minute, and you can eventually leave him alone the house without putting him in his cage and causing any damages.

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6 Basic Training for Puppies

If you feel like your puppy’s bad behavior is getting out of hand, but don’t want to punish them physically, then you should follow the basic steps below where you can both scold and discipline your little pup in the right way. Now, let’s start with the overview of basic discipline for puppies.

Below are the basic steps of training and disciplining a puppy:

1. Consistency

If you are punishing your puppy for continuously barking without any reason at all, but decided to let it slide the next time they did it, they would only just get confused and will not learn the desired behavior you want them to have. So, rather than letting it slide for once, you should be consistent in disciplining them for the desired behavior.

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And instead of punishing them physically, you can just tell them “No” in a firm tone while pointing towards him. This way, they’ll know that you are talking to them.

2. Be Prompt with the Punishments

Only punish your pup if you have caught them in the act. If you punish your pup ten minutes later after they have done the deed, they won’t understand that you are punishing them for what they have done earlier.

3. Use a Firm Voice

If your pup has done something bad or about to do something you don’t like, immediately say a firm “No” to them, so that they’re aware that they are not allowed to do the action they’re thinking of doing.

4. Reward them with Treats

Aside from scolding your puppy in a gentle way, you should also reward them every time they do something good. Like for example, if they did their business at the backyard rather than on your bed for the first time, you should give them a treat as a reward to let them know you are happy with their action.

But if you don’t have treats at the moment, you can just praise them by petting and telling him that he’s such a good boy. This way, they’ll do more of the good things rather than the bad ones as they’ll know they’d be rewarded with treats and praises.

5. Do Timeouts

Timeouts don’t only work for kids, as it turns out that they are also effective both dogs and puppies. Naughty puppies can be effectively punished by timeouts or isolation as they are social animals, being isolated in a dull and boring room will make him realize that he has done something wrong and being punished.

If you do discipline your pup with a timeout, make sure to only isolate them in a boring room, like a laundry room for a few minutes. If you do this method every time they do something bad, will discipline them after a few punishments.

6. Don’t Shout or Scream Out Them

Using a loud or angry voice would make your puppy be more attentive to your commands, however, their actions would also reflect the tone of your voice. Like for example, if your voice sounds anxious or out of control, your pup will, in turn, become hyperactive and anxious.

It may seem logical to use a loud voice to gain some control over your pup’s behavior, but most dog trainers would recommend that you use a calm but firm tone, instead of a loud and angry one.


Puppies can be a handful like a toddler without proper discipline, therefore training your pup while you still can is a must to promote a good behavior to your pet. Using a petcam and placing it around the house can make the training easier, but if you’re low on budget and would rather train your dog alone, you should make sure that you do it continuously to achieve the results you wanted for your pet.

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