This blog is about teaching your dog what the word “NO” means. I have seen a lot of people walking their dogs and telling their dog “No” when their dog does something they don’t want it to do such as barking at another dog, or pulling on the leash. The problem that I see is that in many cases, the dog basically ignores the command and keeps on doing what it wants to do. When I see this happen, it’s obvious to me that the dog has not been taught what “No” means.
There are two different ways you can use to stop your dog from doing something you don’t want her to do. Both of them require some training. You can, and should be, the one to do the training.
If your dog has gone through obedience training and has been trained to obey the “sit stay” or “down stay” command, give her one of those commands. Your dog will either sit or lay down and you will have complete control of your dog.
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If your dog hasn’t had obedience training and doesn’t sit or lay down on command, you can still teach your dog what “No” means. Here’s how to do it.
It is best that your dog has a training collar on, such as a slip collar or a pinch collar, or a martingale collar. The method will work with a plain buckle collar, but it will take longer.
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One basic rule that cannot ever be broken is that you have to be in a position to correct your dog any time you give the dog a command, and “No” is a command. That means your dog will be on a leash.
When your dog does something you don’t want it to do, you give a “No” command, and give a quick jerk on the leash. That means you release any tension that’s on the leash, then sharply pull the leash, putting tension on the leash, and then quickly release the tension on the leash. If your dog stops what she was doing, you immediately praise your dog. If your dog doesn’t stop what she’s doing, you give her another “No” command and jerk the leash a little harder. You keep doing this until your dog stops what she’s doing, and you give the dog praise for stopping, no matter how long it took.
The philosophy behind this is that in order to train your dog, you have to get your dog’s attention. Jerking on the leash does that. You want to make it uncomfortable for your dog when she does something you don’t want her to do. Jerking on the leash does that also. Your dog must be immediately be rewarded when she stops doing it. Timing and consistency are very important. You must always correct your dog immediately after she starts doing something you don’t like or if your dog doesn’t obey a command. Likewise, you must always immediately reward your dog for obeying any command you give her.
A trained dog is a happy dog and has a happy owner.
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