Basic Training

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Basic commands for training your Newfoundland.
Before we begin instructions for individual commands, it is important that you understand the pitfalls to
avoid and tips for success when teaching the basic commands to your Newfoundland.
* Always use your pet’s name when speaking to it. This will increase its attention to you when calling it or giving it a command.
* When you give a command, enforce it. Do not repeat the command over and over again. If it does not respond
to the command, manipulate its body into the command position if appropriate. Never give a command if you do
not intend to enforce it. You will lose credibility with your Newfoundland by doing this.
* Always reinforce desired behavior. Reinforcement does not always have to be a treat. Your touch and voice can
be enough reinforcement to help the Newfoundland understand it did what you desired.
* Never reinforce undesired behavior. No matter how they tilt their head or make you feel bad, never
reinforce the undesired behavior. Remember, your Newfoundland is also learning how to manipulate you. If it
does not perform the desired command, it is imperative that you ignore it, then try again in a few minutes.
Eventually, it will respond to your command because of its born-in desire to please you.
* Never punish desirable behavior. Many owners do not realize that when their Newfoundland performs the desired
action, such as going to the bathroom outside, and then the owner immediately walks away, they are punishing
their Newfoundland by ignoring them. Stay with your Newfoundland after the desired behavior is performed. Make
sure it understands that what it did was good and you are happy before leaving it.
* A trick for success is keeping your Newfoundland interested. Remember, a Newfoundland will only learn if it
is having fun. Know when to quit when training. Trying to do too much too soon will mentally exhaust the Newfoundland, and it will be much harder to train.
Here are 2 of the basic commands that you should teach your Newfoundland puppy. However, because of space
constraints, we won’t have time to discuss all the basic commands that you should teach to your Newfoundland.

COME
Teaching your Newfoundland to come is one of the most important commands it will ever learn.
It is also a command that will take a lot of time to successfully learn.
Begin by waiting until your Newfoundland is already approaching you, then when two to three feet away,
use your pet’s name along with the command “COME”(“SCOUT COME”). Always use the name of your pet
first before you use the command.
When the Newfoundland gets to you, praise it. You should repeat this exercise as often as you can for several months.
As your Newfoundland begins to associate “COME” with a good thing, you can gradually increase the distance.
If your Newfoundland does not come, then it has not yet made the association of the word to the action. Give it time, it will eventually understand.
The key to success with this command is for your Newfoundland to always associate the command “COME” with a
good thing.
A common mistake made by novice handlers is they use a firm tone with the command causing the Newfoundland to
associate fear with the command. If a Newfoundland fears you, its instinct will be to run away instead of coming near.
NEVER chase your Newfoundland when using the command “COME”. This is a sure way to teach your Newfoundland that
“COME” is a bad thing.
Once you believe your Newfoundland understands the command, begin to reinforce it.
Put a lead on your pet’s collar and allow the Newfoundland to run around with the lead dragging behind. Gently
pick up the lead, without the Newfoundland noticing and say “SCOUT COME”. If your Newfoundland does not come, then
gently pull the lead forcing it to come. Repeat this test often.
Another exercise to test the “COME” command is having a family member walk the Newfoundland, on a leash, away from
you. Give the command “SCOUT COME” and see if the Newfoundland comes. Repeat the command if it does not come
the first time. If it does not come the second time, give a third command, but this time have the family member walk the Newfoundland towards you until it reaches you. Be sure and give the Newfoundland a lot of praise when
it reaches you, even if the command was performed with assistance.

OFF
This command is used to tell your Newfoundland that it should not touch an item with its mouth or paws.
It can be taught by containing the Newfoundland in a controlled environment with only a few items that may
distract it.
As soon as it reaches for one of the items, use the command “SCOUT OFF”. Praise it when it leaves the item alone.
Eventually you can begin to walk it around and use the command “OFF” in a larger area.
It will eventually understands that this means to leave the item alone when the command is used.
It is an especially nice command to utilize when your Newfoundland may be getting into a dangerous situation by
touching something that could potentially hurt it.
As you may know, I will share only a small fraction of all the basic commands that you need to teach your Newfoundland.
There are lots of other important basic commands like HEEL, TAKE, DROP, SIT, DOWN, STAY, TOY, OUCH etc.