|Sheila, MAD,- MR, MS,- JCH-Br, S|
I'm so glad the- puppy is- gone....!!!
|Barked: Tue May 24, '05 12:38pm PST |
|Congratulations! Signing up for training classes is the best idea. It doesn't just teach your dog, it teaches YOU how to teach.
The best way to train your dog is to emphasize on the good behaviour: reward the GOOD stuff, don't punish bad behaviour. For example: Your dog sits in front of you and does NOT jump on the couch: reward him, praise him! If he jumps up: put him down immediately and ingnore him for a few minutes (as said in another post further up).
Since I don't know where exactly your issues are, here is my advice:
Most important command: "come"
ALWAYS, ALWAYS reward in some ways when your dog comes to you (treat, praise, play, etc.). NEVER, NEVER punish when he/she comes. NEVER.
Second most important: "STAY" or "WAIT"
Put some food in front of the dog and feed him/her for not taking it. Then release and praise, praise and reward with anything (food, toy, play, etc.) Increase time, distance and distraction over time.
With just these two commands rock-solid, you are having a well behaved dog.
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