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I do clicker training with my GR puppy & also attend classes which uses positive reinforcement. For example, for jumping up on you .......you put the puppy back down on the ground & then click & place the treat on the ground. After a few times, you delay the click a little longer once they have four paws on the ground, then click & put treat on the ground ....the idea being that you are teaching them that when they have four paws on the ground you are happy with them & they get rewarded ....& by drawing out the time between them being firmly put back on the ground, & clicking & rewarding, you are not making them think they get rewarded for jumping up on you. Patting them & telling them they are good, will work if you don't have rewards & clicker handy. After a day or two, you then put the command with the action .....so No Jump as you firmly put them down. It does not take long for them to realise they get rewarded/good attention when all four paws are on the ground. This same technique is applied to all clicker & positive reinforcement training ....you are swiftly & calmly correcting the unwanted behaviour & showing them what you want them to do instead. That is the important part of this form of training ......showing them the behaviour you want from them as soon as you have done the correction.
I have found training the basics in this manner to be very effective. After just one day, my four month old puppy Loki stopped jumping up into chairs or onto the sofa. We are now doing the jumping up on us when he is happy to see us, & he is doing it less often. Same applies to pulling on lead when walking. Our trainer says we must always have the lead slack, as you don't want the puppy to feel the lead tight, or it will get used to pulling. So she insists that the moment the lead gets tight, we let the lead go ....... So always do the training in the park or in your back yard, to keep puppy safe. So you walk the puppy at your side & constantly reward it with a treat, by coming to a halt & putting your knee out in front of the puppy as you treat it, & you then continue on your way, & repeat. The idea is that puppy will come to the realisation that when he stays at your side, good things happen. I am doing this on Loki's walks on the pavement now & it is working well. When he does surge forward on the lead. I make a noise to draw his attention back to me (not his name ), & then when he turns his head towards me, I chirpily say Let's go & head off in the opposite direction, rewarding as the puppy catches up with you & is at your side again. You will find many positive reinforcement videos free to watch on YouTube ...I like the Kikopup ones, but there are many others, which will show you how to train using this method. Hope this has been of some help. Welcome to the forum to you & your new fur baby.
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