How To Teach Your Dog “no”


Image source :

The "No" command is the most often used command you will use when interacting with your dog. It is natural as a puppy is not aware of house rules. It must know that it should not pick things from the street when going on a walk. It will fall sick if it does so. If your dog does not understand when you say "no" then there could be a problem which may incur high expenses on your part.

Treats are important

The only way to say no to your canine is via treats. You must stock up on treats which your dog finds tasty. Teach your dog tricks when it is hungry. It will not pay attention or will not have the urge to pick up tricks on a full stomach. The dog must not be too hungry as extreme hunger will not help it concentrate on the tricks you are trying to teach it.

To teach your dog "no," hold the treats it likes flat on your hand about six inches distant from the dog's mouth. Your dog will try to take the treat. When it happens, fist your hand and take it further away. There is no need to shout as you can admonish your dog and send the message across by simply changing your tone. If your puppy wants to take the treaty from your hand, it will calm down after 20 seconds.

Repeats and details

Repeat the same procedure a maximum of five times with five-minute intervals. These five times-five minutes constitute a session. A majority of dogs after about ten sessions will get what you want to say. The real test begins when you place the treats on the ground and give the "no" command. It will be hard for a few days, but ultimately your dog gets it. The training must be consistent for best results.

The details are in training and it is vital that you are quick when it comes to closing your hand. If you are slow, then your puppy can easily snatch the treat away from your palm. Ig, your dog, is quicker than you, then stand a little further away.

After you have taught your puppy the "No" command, you can now teach your dog the "ok" command. When they learn this command, then they will know which food to take as opposed to the command "no." Teaching the "ok" command is much simple compared to the "no" command. Do not deviate from the basic command training by implying anything other than "no" stands for prohibition and "ok" stands for a license to go for the food. These two commands are versatile and you can use these for conditions other than food.

Teach Your Dog to Close Doors

It is easy to teach your dog how to close the house door. This skill is useful and comes in handy whether the canine is a service dog or otherwise. This training, however, is an advanced one and the dog concerned must already be familiar with methods like clicker training or using visual markers. It must also know fundamental targeting skills before you proceed with this specific training.


The first step is to introduce hand targeting. Hold clicker in one hand. Place other hand in front of the dog. Hold flat the second hand in front of the face of the dog. The palm must face the nose. The hand should be adequately close so that the dog cannot ignore it. If the dog is already clicker-trained, use a ball pen or any another item which makes similar noise as clicker. Verbal markers like you saying words like "good" or the "good dog" phrase are also possible if you do it consistently. Ensure that you click or utter the verbal marker every time the dog follows your commands. Give your dog a treat after you click or use the visual marker.

Nose touch

Reward the dog if the animal touches the hand with its nose. Give it high value treats like hot dogs or diced chicken if the dog licks your other hand or touches the same with its nose. Do not worry if the dog targets the hand with its nose end. The dog must understand what you want. Praise your dog for any deliberate touch. Remember, only touch is applicable, and not gnawing or nipping at your hand. Repeat the exercise 10 times. Give the animal a treat every time the dog touches its nose to the hand. With time, be selective for what can be qualified as a click. Brushing the whiskers should not qualify for a click. Keep all training sessions short so that the dog continues to remain interested. If the dog gets frustrated, cut the training session short. After a few hours, try again.

Conduct multiple training sessions every day for three days to five days. Dog training takes considerable repitition and patience. There is no need to rush the training. Spend about three minutes every day and repeat the same action approximately 10 times every session. Do click and give a treat everytime the dog successfully nudges the hand with nose. It is now time o teach your dog to touch the target. Use sticky notes to introduce any target. They make excellent targets as the adhesive makes it much easier to transition from hand to door. Reward the dog when it touches the door and not the palm of your hand.

Was this article helpful?

You May Also Like