How to train the dog to stop doing something using “No” command?
Most of us think that it’s quite easy to teach a dog to stop an undesirable action with a "No" command. However, this is not the case, and as practice shows, it is much easier to train a dog to do something on a command than not to do something. Considering that this task isn’t easy, our trainers divided the course into two phases.
Phase 1: Basics of “No” command
It’s recommended to start training outside the home and on a regular leash. For training, we choose a peaceful route where will not be too strong irritants but banned objects, such as small meals or pigeons.
When the route is selected and everything is ready, we go through it with the dog at a speed below the average. We need to go slowly so that we and the dog can react when the situation is changed. When the dog walking on a loose leash, it will go to the forbidden object (for example, to a pre-left sausage). We have to strictly say "No" and pull the leash. At the same time, we continue the movement, the dog should be distracted for a moment, and then immediately resume the movement.
After 2-3 steps, we stop and give the dog a command, for example, "sit", and then we treat it with a delicacy. This is necessary for the dog to be distracted and relaxed.
During the training, the command "No" is better not to use more than 5 times per walk, while the interval between commands should be about 15 minutes (so that the dog has time to calm down).
If the dog doesn’t react to the pulling, we must slap it with a newspaper in the shoulder or the neck. This almost always stops unwanted behavior. Just, we must know the order: first the voice command "No", then pulling the leash, and then the newspaper.
Phase 2: Sharpening the execution of command
When the dog performs the command well, we must begin to complicate the conditions. We proceed to practice the "No" command in busy places, in contact with other dogs or people. Successfully learned command worked out when the dog stops any unwanted behavior on the first command. Only after that, we can start working on the "No" command at a distance and using a long leash.
When the dog begins to ideally perform the command on a long leash, we can proceed to train without a leash. In general, the “No” command works better at a short distance. Learning the “No” command at a distance of about 15 meters requires a lot of time and energy.