Obedience Training – Teaching ?No?

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Your puppy needs to learn right from wrong just like an infant. And like an infant, he may choose to ignore you or simply become confused. Responding by yelling louder and louder is unproductive. The puppy hears the noise, but may have a hard time relating it to any specific behavior. This can become frustrating for both of you.

Many people combine the noise with punishment, which only exacerbates the problem.

The ?no? command will ensure that you have a well-behaved and welcome puppy anywhere.

Obviously, ?no? can only be taught and reinforced when your puppy misbehaves, so you?ll be working on his time schedule. Keep your voice calm. Always use the same command word instead of confusing him with, ?Don?t do that,? ?Stop it now,? ?Get down,? etc.

When your puppy does something inappropriate or objectionable, such as biting, barking, or jumping on a guest, clap firmly and say the word “no” in a strong, loud voice. You only want to say it once because you’re training the dog to listen the first time. The clapping should startle and confuse the puppy enough for him to stop performing the inappropriate act.

If he stops, reward him with praise and a treat. If he doesn?t stop, be firmer. Slightly stamp a foot, if necessary. (This is not the same as punishing and frightening him. It is meant to get his attention.)

If your puppy continues to misbehave, attach his leash to his collar and hold him firmly. The leash will prevent his behavior (such as jumping on people), and it will negatively ?reward? him with disappointment.

When you take off the leash, if your puppy behaves, praise and reward him. If your puppy continues to misbehave, start over. Clap, say a firm no, and hold him with the leash. He?ll figure out that disobedience results in not being able to run freely.

You won’t be able to train your new puppy overnight. However, with time and structure, obedience training can be conquered.