Originally Posted by Chasing Mayzie
Thank you for that tip! I will implement it. I am a talker, so I tend to fill up all that empty silence with words no matter who I am talking to, ha!
Should I say "down", and if she doesn't comply just wait? Or should I say "no" and then repeat the command? I don't want her to learn to comply on the 4th time I say "down", but I don't really know what to do when she doesn't comply the first time.
If you are sure she understands the cue, you should just wait. If she doesn't do it, she doesn't get the cookie. Simple as that. Using a clicker is the best way to increase speed of response to cues.
You definitely SHOULDN'T say "no". First, "no" is so over-used that it becomes pretty meaningless to a dog... background noise more than anything else. Second, she's a puppy. (a very YOUNG puppy!) She is just learning. She is throwing a lot of behaviors at you, which is good. You definitely DON'T want her to give up and stop trying.
One more little tip... if you use very small, soft treats that don't take her so long to chew, she will be ready to follow the next cue faster, so you will be able to get more repetitions in a much shorter period... which gets it into her head much better!
If you are really interested in training her well, I strongly suggest that you enroll her in a good positive training class. Whether you do that or not, it is vitally important that you enroll her in a good puppy kindergarten class. Puppies, even sweet gentle Havanese puppies, who are not properly socialized at a young age can be very difficult to socialize later. And a well socialized dog will be a joy for the next 15 or more years!