Twelve - The Sweetest Sound on Earth
The best teaching methods are "hands off" (no force) so the puppy
needs to use his or her brain to figure out what behaviors you
want. Hand signals and sound signals help puppies learn much faster than
English vocabulary alone. Hearing one's name is often considered the
sweetest sound on earth. Use Puppy's name with praise and once before
giving a cue. Never use Puppy's name in anger.
1. When you feed your puppy, shake a
treat jar, and then say, "Puppy, come!"
2. When you tell Puppy to sit, use a
consistent hand signal to mean sit.
3. Every time Puppy does a behavior
you want, such as sit, down, come, roll-over, back up – use a clicker to
immediately reinforce that action, followed by a food treat.
4. Say Puppy's name before
giving a cue such as "sit." Never take Puppy's name in
Parenting Tips™ for Puppy