Originally Posted by Rez
My intention was not to use this method unless necessary. I understand the principles of operant conditioning and would prefer positive reenforcement. Thanks for your replies.
Definitely the hiss is great for getting their attention then, really useful when they are playing too rough and have grabbed hold of your foot, or if they are showing too much of an interest in trying to take apart your computer!
I use the finger on head thing that I described occasionally, both my cats are terrible at begging for food (I don't know why because I have never fed them my dinner and all the begging in the world isn't going to work!!!) and when the paws go on my knee and the little head meerkats up over the edge of my plate to have a look a firm 'No' and a finger on the forehead usually reminds them that they are not allowed to steal bits of my dinner