Offering Support and Training
for You and Your Dog
“No” does a great job of stopping your dog from doing whatever it is he “no”
should be used for emergencies only - when you need to stop him dead in
his tracks as if his life depended on it.  For all other situations, take a minute
to figure out what it is you do want him to do.  If he’s too wound up in the
house, tell him to
SETTLE.  If he is jumping on Grandma Sally, tell him OFF.  
If he is about to come in the house with muddy paws, tell him to
WAIT. Or if
he has grabbed a hold of something he shouldn’t have, tell him to
GIVE.  Of
course we need to teach him the meaning of these words in order to get the
appropriate response, so get some treats and let's get started!

Keep training sessions short and upbeat.  With some dogs, three minutes
may be too much.  Other dogs may be able to concentrate for six or seven
minutes.  You need to know your dog and always stop before he loses
interest.  And always stop with a success.  If your dog is having trouble, have
him do a trick you know he can do and then praise him lavishly before you
stop the training session.

Incorporate your training into your day-to-day activities and train in different
places.  This will help your dog learn that when you tell him to sit in the
kitchen, it means the same thing as when you tell him to sit at the pet store.
HOW AND WHAT TO
TEACH YOUR DOG