What is the best way to discipline my puppy for misbehavior? Punishment is not a good method to correct misbehavior. By avoiding problems through crating or supervision, providing for all of the puppy’s needs, and setting up the for success, punishment should never be on option. If a warning is needed, an immediately during the act, voiced “no” or “off” or a sharp noise is usually enough to distract a puppy so that you can then redirect the puppy to the correct behavior.

Be consistent

Be prompt

Be firm

Use positive reinforcement

Give timeouts

Don’t use physical punishment

Don’t stare down, drag, or hold down your puppy

Don’t shout or scream