Grade School Lessons

As your puppy ages or your dog ventures past adolescence, you'll notice some changes in her behavior—many of them not fun or pretty. She may take matters into her own hands and disregard any direction from you. In fact, there may be times when she looks at you as though you've never met before. Don't be offended. These are signs of a naturally maturing or as-yet-untrained dog. Things don't have to go on like this forever. Although you may feel as though your dog is stupid, these displays of independence are often signs of high intelligence that has been misdirected. Don't despair—the solution to your frustration is just ahead.

The best way to introduce and enforce the basic commands introduced in this chapter is to integrate them into your daily routine with your dog. Highlight a word a week, and share the plan with your family and friends. Ask everyone to use the word before your dog receives anything positive. For example, everyone can use the word SIT before giving treats, food, water, petting, or freedom.

The Magic Five 78

Leading 82

The Concept of NO 83

Discourage Chewing with NO 84

Other Uses for NO 85

Point Training 86

HEEL 88

DOWN 93

COME 97

STAND 101

SIT-STAY 103

DOWN-STAY 106

Fun Medleys 107

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