I bet you never thought you would be reading an article about how to say the word “no” to your furry ball of love. I know it’s not easy to say “no” when they look at you with those deep, soulful, and honest eyes, but it’s essential that you do.
“No” is a fundamental command in dog training. And you can use it in a variety of scenarios: when you want to make your dog stop chewing on a shoe, or when you are showing them the rules of the house for their own safety, or even when they get over-excited at the park after laying eyes on another dog and start lunging like crazy; learning “no” will give them an understanding of what’s allowed and what’s not.
Think of it as one of the most fundamental things for a pup to know. And even though the word has an obvious negative connotation, it can (and should) be taught in a nice and caring way.
“Yes” should mean something good for your dog; they should associate it with a positive stimulus–like a treat or praise for showing desired behavior–and “no” should be the way to make them know that’s not what you, their owner, wants. And it’s also an opportunity you need to seize to correct their behavior.
In the following lines, I will share with you the right way to say “no” to your dog so you can stop unwanted conduct and begin obedience training.