Posted by: Linda Trunell | July 13, 2013

No! No! A Thousand Times No!

Does your dog think his name is “NO” because you are always saying, “Get down! NO!” or “Stop pulling! NO!” or “Stop barking! NO!”?
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A thousand NO’s do not teach your dog a thing! 

Stop thinking about what you don’t want your dog to do. Instead think about what you WANT and then teach and reinforce it!

Try to take the word “NO” out of your vocabulary.  Dogs do not know what they should be doing unless we teach them.  Teach your dog to sit for greeting and there will be no jumping on people. Teach your dog  loose-leash walking and there will be no pulling on the leash. Teach the “quiet” cue to stop excessive barking.

“Any punishment for inappropriate behavior is an advertisement that you have yet to effectively teach your dog how you would like him to act.” Dr. Ian Dunbar

There are many resources available to help you teach your dog the behaviors you want using positive reinforcement and clicker training. I have listed some of my favorite books and websites below.

Joining a training class is a great way for you and your dog to learn with the guidance of a teacher and make new friends with people who share your love of  dogs and can be a good support group.  Find a training program which is based on positive reinforcement and clicker training.  This science-based and proven method of training makes teaching the behaviors you want fast, easy and fun for you and your dog.

Ask lots of questions about training methods and equipment used, get references from previous students,  and ask to observe a session before signing up for any class.

If a trainer uses choke, prong, shock collars, e-collars or any force- or dominance-based training you should run – not walk – away immediately.  These methods can create anxiety, fear and sometimes aggression.  They may seem to work short-term but often create more serious behavior problems and at the very least damage the human/canine bond.

Would you go to work every day if you didn’t get a paycheck?  That paycheck is your motivation.  All living things need motivation to do something.  That motivation should be rewards – not fear or pain.  People who say using rewards is simply bribing a dog show that they do not understand the operant conditioning theory.

Here’s to being our dog’s best friend,

Linda

BOOKS
THE POWER OF POSITIVE DOG TRAINING – Pat Miller
TRAIN YOUR DOG POSITIVELY – Victoria Stillwell
BEFORE AND AFTER GETTING YOUR PUPPY – Dr. Ian Dunbar
POSITIVE PERSPECTIVES: LOVE YOUR DOG, TRAIN YOUR DOG – Pat Miller
PERFECT PUPPY IN 7 DAYS – Dr. Sophia Yin
FOR THE LOVE OF A DOG – Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
DON’T SHOOT THE DOG – Karen Pryor

WEBSITES
http://www.apdt.com/education/webinars/free/default.aspx
http://suzanneclothier.com
http://drsophiayin.com
http://positively.com
http://dogingtonpost.com/university
http://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Petownerresources


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