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This is a discussion on The Word "No" within the Dog Training and Behavior forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; [QUOTE=leashedForLife;3530873]. I even had an owner tell me that her dog, a very compliant Golden, was " being dominant ". Mystified, i went to her ...

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Old 01-22-2018, 06:26 PM
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[QUOTE=leashedForLife;3530873].


I even had an owner tell me that her dog, a very compliant Golden, was "being dominant".
Mystified, i went to her house, & the dog greeted me happily at the door, got a little excited when i came in, & jumped onto the sofa to greet me at a more convenient height, wagging & smiling. Her owner shouted, 'DOWN!', & the dog dropped like a rock into a down, grimacing apologetically at her angry tone.
"See!... what did i tell U?... DOWN, dammit!..." & the dog practically groveled into the cushions. "No! - Come here, DOWN!", & the poor dog crawled over to her, belly-down on the sofa, in a GI-crawl - head & tail down, abjectly apologetic.


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What a great story and what it has to do with the use of the word "no" is beyond me.
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:48 PM
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Like I said I use no to stop a behavior I don't want. My dog is particularly stubborn when loose in the park or on leash anywhere about trying to eat things that are dangerous. So he gets a NO followed by a drop it or leave it depending on if he's actually picked up the object or is still sniffing it. If he does that, he gets praise. If he ignores me and keeps eating it I catch him and try to physically remove it from his mouth and if I get it I show it to him and say NO BAD.
He also when cooped up with not enough exercise as in extreme cold will occasionally try to hump another dog. If the other dog barks or growls he stoos problem solved. If the other dog allows it I say NO OFF. If he listens, again praise. If he doesn't I pull him away. If he tries it again same thing plus he gets leashed and a timeout in the park every time he tries it until he stops trying or the docile dog leaves.
If he jumps on people, NO OFF. Praise and a sit. More praise.
So he knows off is to get off of furniture, people and other dogs. He generalized that very well, and off is a specific command that he does for various things.
No is generalized to mean stop what you're doing IMMEDIATELY. He generalized that very well too. He either listens or runs off, the jerk.
And he's not at all traumatized he's spoiled rotten.
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I just had a moment with my dog which convinced me yet again that animals do understand human language.
He has a favorite squeaky toy that he loves to play with and squeak late at night which I've been hiding in the cat condo but he now looks for it in there.
Earlier I saw he had left it on the chair in the kitchen so just now when he started looking for it in the cat condo in my bedroom I told him "you want your squeak? You left it in the other room. It's in the kitchen you had it in there before".

Now I purposely didn't say squeaky which is the word I usually call this toy. And I purposely didn't tell him to go find his squeaky or go bring the squeaky, two definite commands he clearly knows.
I was trying to be vague and confusing hoping he'd forget about the toy and squeaking all night.

Sure enough he went right to the kitchen and I hear squeaking as he joyfully brought it in to me to play tug with.

Of course I told him what a good smart boy he is and we played tug and he squeaked away.
My neighbors must hate me.

So he understood my casually saying that he left his toy in the kitchen before, no commands, neutral voice, different word.
He understands some human language. So do my cats, horses and past dogs. I could give dozens of examples.
They're much smarter than we stupid humans give them credit for.
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