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An empty pop can with a few pennies or washers in it. Put a small piece of duct tape over the hole to keep the pennies in. When dog exhibit inappropriate behaviour, just shake the can. It gets their attention in a hurry!
When teaching a dog to "come" by saying "come" or calling their name always praise them or give them a treat and make a big deal when they come to you. This will encourage them to always come when called. Be sure to never call your dog to you, then scold them for anything. Doing this teaches the dog that if he or she comes when called, they get scolded or punished for coming to you.
This also means if you use your dog's name as the come command and expect them to come running when you call you can't use their name to scold them. Saying "Fido!" when you want them to come and then "Bad Fido, bad dog!" will teach them not to come to you when you say their name. Be sure you and anyone else who's in contact with your dog all use the exact same commands. Consistency is key to any successful training. It's best to sit down and be sure you are all using the same words to train the dog, this should include your kids too.
Training your dog can be a long and sometimes complicated process, but there are some basic things that you should keep in mind.
I learned from one of my classes on dog training, that I was doing two things wrong.
Never yell or strike your animal (lightly also counts as abuse). It is never okay to hit or strike an animal with force.
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I have a Rednose Pit Bull. Can anyone help me teach her how to go down the stairs? It's like she knows then she doesn't. I really need help teaching her.
It should be pretty easy. Take a treat she really likes, such as chicken pieces. Make sure she can smell it. Move two steps below her with your hand out. Make her go down a few steps before you reward her. Then a few more steps.
Do this exercise often and she will get over her fear of the stairs.