Is your dog called “No”?

Is your dog called “No”?

Do you know him?
“Two dogs meet. Says one to the other: ‘And? What is your name?’
The other says: ‘Fiffi, no !!!’ ”

This is an ancient dog trainer joke that not only has a spark, but also a whole conflagration of truth.

Typical scene on Saturday morning in the dog school:
The dogs are let out of the car, which means that they just jump out of the trunk if the mistress is not careful. “Fiffi, no !!” (means: “Don’t just jump out of the car”).
A few seconds later, Fiffi sees his comrades in the dog area and pulls towards the entrance with all his might. “Fiffi, no !!” (means: “Don’t pull on a leash”).
During the greeting, Fiffi tries to jump up on me. “Fiffi, no !!” (means: “Don’t jump up on the trainer”).
Five minutes later, Fiffi sniffs the floor and found a guttie there that another dog has left behind. “Fiffi, no !!” (means: “Leave the guttie there”).

Do you notice anything? The information content for the dog in this no-hail is … yes … exactly zero! In the best of cases, he has a rough idea that something is wrong right now and that Mistress is somehow angry. In the worst case, he is no longer interested in the “No!” And he puts his ears to the thread.

A “No” does not give the dog any useful information about what behavior mistress actually wants. How should the dog know that “No, Fiffi !!” now means “don’t pull on a leash” and not “don’t look in the air” or “don’t wag your tail””?

Therefore, one of the first things that dog owners are taught in good dog schools:
“Tell your dog what to do and not just what to leave!”

Otherwise, your training is inefficient and annoying for both parties.

You don’t think that? Do a little experiment. Ask your partner / child / mother-in-law to wait outside the kitchen door for a moment. You decide what your subject should do in this kitchen. Take something that is very easy, like sitting on one of the chairs.

And then ask the person to come back in. Once she comes in, ask her to do something. And whenever she does not sit on a chair, she is corrected with “No!” Your mother-in-law is looking at the fridge? “No !!” (Let me guess how it will look …). Your mother-in-law goes to the coffee machine? “No !!” Now she turns around and would rather leave the kitchen? “No !!” I guess you won’t need more than three No’s until your mother-in-law is out of patience and shows you the bird. And I guess she still isn’t sitting on one of the chairs …

Wouldn’t it have been much easier to ask your mother-in-law to just sit on one of the chairs? And if you then prepare a cup of coffee for her, she’ll be happy to stay seated (whether you want that is another question …).

And your dogs are doing just like your mother-in-law!

Instead of bombarding them with a no-hail, it makes a lot more sense to tell you what to do.

To come back to the dog place scene:
If Fiffi wants to jump out of the car in an uncontrolled manner, a “stay”, for which there is a great treat after being carried out correctly, helps much more than a “No!”
Yes, you have to practice that.

If Fiffi wants to storm to his comrades, a “waiting room” or a “seat”, for which he can then storm to his comrades after correct execution, helps much more than a “No !!”
Yes, you have to practice that.

If Fiffi wants to jump up on the trainer, a “seat” for which he can greet the trainer if executed correctly helps a lot more than a “No!”
Yes, you have to practice that too.

Is your dog sniffing the ground because he has something tasty in his nose? Here a “Come” or “Look at me” with a great food reward also helps more than a “No!” This is particularly true here, because once the dog has learned that after a “No!” He cannot get to the food on the floor, he is getting faster and more skillful at catching the food …
Yeah, darn, you have to practice that too.

Again: One of the most important guidelines in dog training is
“Tell your dog what to do and not just what to leave!”

Whenever you stink of something that your dog does, you should ask yourself: What do I want what he does instead? And then practice just that!
And if you then reward him appropriately for the desired behavior, you will reach your goal much faster than with any harshly spoken “No !!”.

And it’s also a lot more fun. The dog and his man!

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