Why saying NO to your dog is really, really unhelpful

Nov 22, 2021
Why saying NO to your dog is really, really unhelpful

Imagine the scene - you are struggling with your dog's behaviour and they are doing something you don't want them to, so you say 'no' and after a while, it doesn't work so you say it louder, maybe more quietly and finally someone tells you to say it in your best assertive voice.... like you had never thought of that before!! Arrrggghh so frustrating. 

I hear you. 

I promise you the problem does not lie in the words you use, the volume of your voice or how assertive or otherwise you might say it. 

Your dog can hear you perfectly well and knows exactly what you mean. They are choosing to ignore you........ 

The reason they are choosing to ignore you is because in their head they believe that they get to make the decisions in your relationship.

I am 100% sure this has happened completely innocently because you have been communicating with your dog in "human" language and not in "dog" language. 

Speaking dog language is way more simple than you might think and the first step is to stop giving them attention for something you don't want them to do. 

There are many, many things you can do to show your dog that you make the decisions and they get to relax. You can check these out completely FREE in my dog workbook.

In the meantime, however, here is a quick tip you could try today.  Completely ignore the behaviour you don't want (always less to do than you think!) and they will very quickly give up as they are not getting a result from you. If it is something you can't ignore, try this;

📌 ask them to "come"  to you
📌 use their name
📌 make eye contact and call them over to you
📌 then reward them

‼️ Note you are rewarding the action to come, not whatever they were doing ‼️

Bonus points for recall practice right there!

Go on give it a try and if anything resonates with you come and like my FB page . This is where I regularly hang out, share tips/advice and answer questions via FB lives.

Peaceful paws always 

Julie x