Why I Don’t Like The Word ‘NO’

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The word NO is often used as a punishment to stop unwanted behaviors in dogs.  These are some reasons why I do not like using it in dog training.

It doesn’t teach your pet what you’d like for him to do instead.

It can create apathy, fear, anxiety, aggression.

Your pet will associate you with that aversive consequence.

You may simply be teaching your pet not to do the behavior in front of you that you wish to stop.

It does nothing to foster a love of learning.

Instead of saying ‘NO’, practice finding those teaching moments when your pet is doing behaviors that you like…and tell him ‘YES.’

Reasons why you should not use punishment in dog training


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