Originally Posted by Lotus29
What are your thoughts on saying ‘no’ to a dog?
Here are some of my personal thoughts on this topic of saying no... and better ways to train our dogs.
1)I find it is best to teach a dog an alternative behavior to stop the unwanted behavior! And then immediately reward the heck out of the correct behavior with yummy food and praise.
So if your dog is humping a child, for example, you could say no (in a polite way) BUT then immediately ask your dog for a sit or shake, or high five or down or whatever he can do easily
! Same for jumping up. If dog jumps up at person, simply turn your body around for a quick second and then turn back towards dog and ask for a sit (or whatever)
When dog complies, then immediately say "YES!!" and pay!!! (reward)
2) I like to teach my dogs that their own good choices get them what they want
If dog is pulling on leash? Stop walking! Yes, STOP walking. Say nothing. Wait for your dog to turn around and look at you, or for your dog to loosen his body or take a step back. Then proceed.
Dog trying to get to food too excitedly or rudely or pushy? Simply teach your dog a polite sit. When dog complies and sits, then say YES! and give him some food. My dogs all are trained to sit very politely in certain places before all meals. Very good manners. Plus much safer when you are dealing with multiple pets with different personalities!
3)We tend to tell our dogs "no" all the time, but we forget to tell them what we would prefer them to do!
Try teaching your dog what you like
and then reward that behavior
It feels crappy to be saying "No!" all the time to our dogs, and it really doesn't teach them what we like, right?
4)I also train my dogs and others that all good behavior will be generously rewarded. With genuine praise and ample great treats. You can often hear me saying "Thank you" to my dogs as they demonstrate great behavior. People actually stop me often to tell me they love how I talk to my dogs!
When you start rewarding all good behavior, I find that the not so hot behaviors start to go away on their own. The dog soon learns that doing what I like is very rewarding
to them in many ways, so then they start offering the beautiful manners on their own
For example, my Puma pup has been rewarded so often
for laying quietly at my feet when we are outside my shop, or at work or, at a store etc... that she very frequently will lay down on her own
now when I stop to talk to someone. I don't have to even tell her to lay down. Very nice!!!!
We went to the bank the other day and I stopped to talk to the banker who saw Puma's nice manners and wanted some training tips for her parent's out of control dog. We talked for a very long time. Puma layed peacefully at my feet the whole time. I never asked her to lay down, she just has been rewarded so often for it that it has become second nature to her. I did thank Puma several times during our chat and gave her some nice lil treats for being so completely awesome and chill as I helped the banker and her family dog. So, in summary, I prefer to teach our dogs what to do, sub out an alternative positive behavior for the negative actions, and reward, reward, reward all beautiful and good behavior!!
Sometimes you gotta say "No!" to your dog, but focus on the "Yes!" and you will get much better results. And you will enjoy dog training much more.