Originally Posted By rangermonroe:
A peice of stove wood seems to get their attention pretty well.
When I was breaking the pup of getting up there, I would pat the couch and call her up there. She would be wagging her little tail, when *BAM*, cartwheeling into the corner she went. When she regained consciousness, I would call her back. She would slink over toward the couch, and crawl up whimpering. You know it, Bam.
After a couple weeks, she just goes to the corner and shakes when she sees a peice of oak.
So I just keep the firewood on the couch when I leave the room. No problems.
OP: I think the newspaper thing CAN be an effective tool, not for discipline, but to get the dog's attention. Some dogs, especially puppies, can be quite aloof and will not give you their attention with just verbal commands. The key is that you aren't trying to inflict pain at all, it's simply a tap (only use a couple sheets of paper) that makes the right sound. The sound, combined with the VERY SLIGHT tap from the paper will get the dog's attention, and then your commands/physically removing the do from the couch do the actual training.
From personal experience, i find it most effective when you use just two or three sheets, rolled into a hollow tube about 2" in diameter. Hit yourself with it first on the back of the arm. If you are able to cause any pain before the newspaper buckles, it's either too thick (too many sheets) or rolled too tightly.
Once you have made a proper roll, just give the dog a swift tap on the top of the muzzle (behind the nose, which is more sensitive and can easily get a paper cut, again we aren't trying to inflict pain). Once you have the dogs attention, give commands in a stern, but calm voice, and , if necessary, remove the dog from the couch.
Hope this helps.