The command “No!” is only given to the dog if something is forbidden to him. In this respect, this command cannot simply be trained in the same way as “sit”, for example. You always have to wait for a situation in which your four-legged friend does something “forbidden”. However, this happens quite often with a new dog, especially when practicing the other commands.
When you buy a dog, you should be clear in advance about what your dog is allowed to do and what is not. Some owners like it when the little four-legged friend joins you on the couch or sleeps in the bedroom, others strictly reject it.
However, in order not to confuse the dog with prohibitions, you need to be consistent. If the dog is not allowed to go into the kitchen while mother is cooking, but is allowed to come back in when father is doing the dishes, the dog will not understand. So you should also agree on the rules with the other people in the household.
You can use the command “No!” already train in connection with the other commands. For example, while teaching your dog to sit or sit. If your student has performed the command correctly, he will be praised. But as soon as he wants to get up again, they say in a firm voice “No!” and then depending on “seat” or “place”. This is how your dog associates “No!” with something that he is not allowed to do and for which there is no treat. You should never punish your dog!
Now it is easier for you to make your four-legged friend understand what you are asking of him in other situations. As soon as he starts to occupy your couch again or is chewing on your slipper again, give him a clear and unambiguous “No!” to understand that he should stop doing it. Never let yourself be disturbed. But only say “No!” If your four-legged friend is still there, otherwise he can no longer link his action to your command.
After your dog has been banned from doing something, you can again include an action in which you can praise your four-legged friend. For example a “place” or “here”. This prevents your darling from being reprimanded 20 times in a day and only praised once. This often happens in puppyhood to show the little one his limits. However, it should be avoided so that it does not cause frustration in your dog. Therefore, watch your student closely. This will give you a sense of how your dog is doing and when to praise him again.
However, if you have difficulties conveying what is taboo to your dog in an understandable way, mistakes may have crept in during the practice. But this can only be judged by professional help. If your dog reacts differently to what we have described, seek out a dog trainer who can give you advice.
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