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Dean Garrison

My dog's name is Ranger, we are from Grants Pass, Oregon. We are currently training for agility and obedience. Ranger is a black-tri male Aussie. In this pciture he is 8 weeks old.

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The Word "No"

"No" is not so much a command as a general word you'll use to deter your dog from bad behavior, without having to do anything physical. Once your dog understands the word "No" means "Don't do that" you can easily intervene in any problem behaviors that occur while you're around (assuming your dog sees you as a leader – this is a crucial).

Some dogs pick up "No" through the natural course of events, the same way you would start to pick up Spanish if you went to Spain, even if you never took a class. But if you're dealing with a puppy or a stubborn dog who doesn't get the message, there's a simple way to quickly teach the meaning of this word.

  1. Take your dog outside and put him on his leash. Let him wander around a bit.

  2. Arrange a situation where your dog can do something wrong. For example, if you have a favorite pair of shoes he keeps chewing on, bring them outside and put them on the ground.

  3. When your dog starts sniffing or biting the shoes, say "No" clearly.

  4. If the dog's attention breaks away from the shoes, use your marker word, "Good dog," and give him a treat.

  5. The dog may not leave the shoe alone when you say "No" – that's why you have the leash on. If this happens, use the leash to gently pull the dog away from the shoes and focus his attention back on you. When you have his attention, reward and praise as in Step 4.

  6. Keep going through this process until he starts responding to the word "No" by stopping what he's doing and giving you his attention.

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