TIP #1: DON'T IGNORE HIM
You can recognize what your dog is saying to you - even what he's thinking - just by learning his body language. Have you ever noticed how a puppy yawns when picked up? He's trying to calm himself down.
Have you noticed that your dog barks at seemingly random times - even if he's not a "barker"? This is a reaction to something you've not noticed. Stay alert, and you'll begin to pick up what your dog is telling you - things like…
TIP #2: CATCH IT WHEN YOU CAN
A good rule of thumb is to reward your dog whenever she naturally does something you are working on teaching her. So if you find her lying down, tell her, “Good down” and treat or pet her. That will also make your dog more likely to add lying around quietly to her list of hobbies.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI