Hello, I am 16 years old, and own a wonderful retired racing Greyhound named Fancie. I am trying to teach her the meaning of no. When she is about to jump on the chair, I say no, but she does it anyway. She seems to not even listen to me. Can anyone give me some tips on how to teach Fancie the meaning of no?
don't just say no, give a command of what you want instead. teach her "leave it", "off", "out (drop what is in your mouth)", "take it (take what's in your hand)", "sit", "down", "stay", "quiet." dogs hear "no" so much it can lose it's effectiveness and often they don't know what you do want. this makes it very clear to them what you want them to do. plus, greyhounds are sighthounds which are well known for wanting to be on the furniture. they have very little body fat and it's just so comfortable and warm for them to be on something soft and warm.
Hi *Elmo* and Pearl, Well, I decided to try using positive reinforcement. So, when she tried to jump on my bed five miniutes ago, I told her to sit, and I gave her a cookie. She tried it again, and I called her over to her bed. Well, that din't work, so I told her no again. Nothing is working, and I have tried the water bottle thing. When I took her for her walk afterschool, she kept lunging at a cat, and I yelled no at her. She did actually stop. So, I am puzzled why she will arrest her chase instincts, but wont listen when I tell her not to get on the furniture. I always praise her after she jumps off, in a high, happy tone. She likes when I do that. Oh, by the way, Fancie is five years old.
Put a leash on her and get her by the couch and wait for her to try and jump up, when she does check her off the couch and say "OFF" in a loud grumbly voice. When shes on the floor reward her for being on the floor. Make sure she does have somewhere soft to lie down. Reward her for sleeping in her spot. She will probly challenge this and wait for you to be out and she'll go on the couch. They do have mats you can buy to put on the couch when you are out, the matt is static or something, and the dog doesn't like it? check that out.