Believe it or not, there are still some people out there who will say, “don’t ever say the word “NO” to your dog.. he’ll think that’s his name”. As ridiculous as it sounds, I have heard it many times, and sometimes by self proclaimed animal behaviorists. I always go back to an example of a child. Children need to understand right from wrong, and it starts off with having an understanding and respect for the word “NO”.  If you think of some kids that you’ve seen that have absolutely no respect the word “NO”, it really comes from nothing more than their training.

Just like an animal, over the course of time, they learned that the word “NO” began to have very little meaning. At the beginning of teaching the word “NO”, the parents might have very well backed it up with some sort of correction. But over the course of time, if that correction was not consistently used to backup the word “NO”,  the word “NO” it eventually would lose its impact.

This word must mean something to your dog, and if it is communicated in a fair and gentle manner, it is a great way of communicating with your friend.

The whole idea in teaching the word "NO" is pairing it with something that the dog does not like. When I say something the dog does not like, it is something that should be done in a gentle way. I like to use a long line on the dog and put a some food in an area that the dog can get to. Once I let the dog roam over to the area, as he gets there, I say the word "NO", and give a light correction on the line. I have now paired the correction and the word "NO". There is now an association.

Over the course of time "NO" will begin to mean something and you will no longer need to back it up with the correction.


SIT - Using Gentle Manipulation

SIT- Using treats



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