One of the first words a dog hears is ‘no’. In addition, it is one of the most pronounced words we say to our dog. Some dogs hear it even more than their own name
Wrong timing in dog training
Dog training is important. A dog makes an optimal connection between his behavior and the consequences of this if it is rewarded within two seconds. After five seconds the chances are getting smaller that a connection is made. This also applies to the use of ‘no’. Often people are far too late saying ‘no’, which means that a dog does not learn anything from it. If you are correct with your timing then there is still a problem, namely the point below.
What do you want to make clear to your dog?
If we say ‘no’ to our dog, what do we want him to do? clarify? For you as an owner, it means: stop jumping, not bite your hands, do not bite into the bank, do not jump on the bench, do not bark, do not pull on the leash, do not eat anything, stay put, do not pee in the living room, stop growling, etc, etc.
As you read, this one word can have many meanings. It only indicates that your dog does not like something but what exactly do you mean? The fact that you know what your dog is not allowed to do is not to say that your dog understands this, even though we are going very quickly.
Imagine your dog has taken a shoe for the first time and takes it to his basket in the living room. Already chewing on the shoe he looks at you, still ignorant that this is not the intention.
If you call ‘no’ here, what kind of information do you give your dog exactly? There is much more behavior that your dog shows here than just chewing on the shoe. Your dog
- Chews on the shoe
- Is in his basket
- Is present in the living room
Your dog shows in this situation three desired behaviors, and an unwanted one. How do you ensure that you do not penalize the desired behavior? The word ‘no’ does not give clear information to the dog what he should do. Instead of using ‘no’, it is better to teach your dog what kind of behavior he should show in that situation.
Repeated too often
Besides that ‘no’ does not give any clarity to your dog what he should do , it is repeated too often. Several times in a day, but also more often in succession if a dog does not stop his unwanted behavior. This makes it a kind of background noise and your dog learns to ignore it. It will therefore have less and less effect.
If a dog does something wrong or does something that is not allowed, we can make sure that we get angry or disappointed. Just try to stay calm when your expensive couch is demolished 🙂
However, ‘no’ is often angry or loud, especially when saying in a normal tone does not work (anymore) (a cause of the previous point: repeat too often ). It seems as if this is effective because a dog often stops what he is doing. Chances are that this is because he is startled by your anger and not because he understands what he is not allowed to do. Often it is also thought that we see guilty behavior in the dog. A dog can, however, exhibit guilt behavior, which you often see is fear behavior caused by the grumbling.
You give attention to undesirable behavior
You do not want to reward undesirable behavior, but by paying attention to it during dog training, it could work rewarding for your dog. By saying ‘no’ every time your dog does something that is not allowed he could learn that he gets at least that attention from you. Many people pay too little or no attention to desired behavior, but if there is undesirable behavior, attention is suddenly paid to it. Try to turn this around. Consider what you would like for behavior and make the choices that you would like to see from your dog very attractive by rewarding them with something tasty or by playing as a reward.
What do you do then?
dog can be trained without the no-word. Now I do not want to say that it should immediately become a forbidden word, but that you become more aware of the disadvantages and are more concerned with actually training your dog effectively.
Dog training does not mean stopping undesirable behavior . Training means learning to learn desired behaviors and preventing or reversing undesirable behavior. Training the desired behavior is done at times that you have time for it and not at the moments that you already know that your dog will go wrong. Does your dog jump against a visit? Then use prevent and redirect. Good management prevents your dog from showing the unwanted behavior. Think of tools like fences, puppies, bench, leashes, a Kong). You will need less and less management as you practice more with your dog and learn desired behavior. So as long as your dog takes shoes and socks, you prevent this by clearing them the first time. Give your dog alternatives to chew. In this way there are no bad habits.
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