I am imprinting a one month old baby mule. Yesterday, I put a halter on him for the first time. I am teaching him to yield to pressure. He is causing me enough trouble to key my Bulldog to assist. I look up and my Bulldog is advancing at a run.
I know good and well what this Bulldog will do to this baby mule. I calmly and clearing tell my Bulldog "no".
I do not constantly tell a pup "no" for the first 365 days. They hear "no" when they are offering a behavior that I do not want at this time. When my pups do something that I NEVER want to see again, my corrections are silent. I will not warn you of impending doom, if I ever see that again.
The first thing it teaches a pup, is it ain't safe to do that action again. MOST importantly, my pups don't view "no" as white noise, because they have heard it repeated 50,000,000 times.
My dog hears a "no", and he immediately stops his advance. Then I have him lay down, because that is his default waiting to work position. His brain is now in work mode, so this "down" makes sense to his stupid brain.
Once I had this on video, I thought it might be a good idea to post here.
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
The time when screech owls and Bandogges howl and spirits walk and ghosts break up their graves.
Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"