How to Teach Dogs the Word No!

When incorporating a dog into our lives, there is no doubt that we all make this decision by wanting to have a smooth and loving relationship with us. For this purpose, from the first moment our puppy comes home, do not bite us “No”. “No”” stay away from the couch, “No”” don’t approach the trash can, “No”” “Don’t defecate at home, “No”” Don’t gnaw on my slippers, “No, don’t jump on me…”” begins to hear phrases such as.

Sadly, the word that many people pronounce most often during their years of association with a dog is “No.” So how can he be so sure of what we want our dog not to do, but he can’t help but regulate his behavior? Unfortunately, the “perfect relationship” in our dream is unlikely due to the nature of the dog. Because the dog does the things that come with being a dog: chewing, digging, peeing, barking…

Since all this is not considered normal in the culture that people have, people look for a remedy in punishments. (Punishment is the application of methods that usually begin with those seemingly innocent no-goods and then provoke the dog to do the same movements more.} Because of the dog’s point of view, the movements he makes are normal, not bad. So our dog, who is getting confused, starts chewing, digging, peeing or barking more to cope with the increased stress level. As a result of this vicious circle, it is usually not our carpet, our lease or our slippers that suffer the most, but the loving owner-dog relationship that is initially desired. We humans have a culture of verbal communication. Yet dogs are good listeners, and more than that, perfect observers. For this reason, they use body language, which is the way they know best.

Their bodies, which they skillfully shape from the tip of their wet noses to the end of their tails, function as a message board in their entirety. They, too, tend to read our body language before the sounds we use. They have no idea what the word No means, which they hear repeatedly and for different situations a day. Because our language is not the native language of dogs, only “body language” is the only language they know from birth. We use “No” all the time and in many different situations. The paradox for the dog is: for what action does “No”” apply?

Dogs can not understand that the word “No” is said in one case to stop the bite, in another case to stop jumping on the top, and in another case to stay away from the couch. After a while, the word “No”, which they cannot understand, will become a voice that they ignore. In learning theory, this is called “learned apathy.” Since the dog is not able to connect the sound it hears to a meaningful conclusion, after a while it thinks that it has nothing to do with itself and systematically learns to ignore the sound. In fact, if you look around a little carefully, you can observe dogs that think that their name is “No Friend!”, “No Bead!”, “No Pasha!”, etc.

Most of the time, dogs don’t respond to the No word we use, but by looking at our body language at that moment, they realize that for some reason we have a feeling that has little to do with calmness, that something is wrong. At that moment, there is no way for them to grasp the reason for this. Ahhh of course, you say…” But my dog is looking guilty, which means he knows what he’s doing!” I am sad… Your dog is doing the only thing that makes sense for him to do at that moment, communicating with you in the only way he knows there is no threat. So he simply responds to your threatening body language by displaying submissive body language: “I don’t understand what your dick is, but please don’t make a problem because of me, I don’t want to fight with you,” he says. In short, this is what you’re teaching your dog with your behavior: that you can be unpredictable/unstable, and sometimes a threat.

To be the “perfect human being for our dog,” we can: It’s very difficult for dogs to associate the word “No” with the behavior that is why we say “No.” For this association to be successful, we have no more than two seconds after the dog exhibits behavior. However, if we assume that we can intervene within these two seconds and that our dog knows the meaning of the word, our behavior can gain a correct meaning through the eyes of the dog. Alternatively, choose more difficult words or sounds other than “No” when you catch your dog doing something harmful.

“Hah, he’s caught, hey you!, you naughty, little bit…” like. There’s one big difference these words and sounds make, and that’s “Your Body Language.” Thus, we use a different and non-threatening body language towards our dog. Even calling out with the right words, if the dog’s behavior has begun, means a wrong intervention that is too late. If it’s too late to prevent the behavior, the best thing you can do to stop the behavior is to reward it by calling it to your side, to direct it to commands it already knows, such as going to it and drawing its attention to a toy or other reward, and create another behavior that you approve of. You need to manage your dog’s living space well so that you can prevent unwanted behaviors before they occur. Not leaving a pot full of soil in the middle, or putting a plate full of delicious treats on the coffee table for the guest while they have not yet learned the rules, and not walking away from it means preventing the dog from discovering how much fun it is to dig and steal before obedience training, and not to expect him to practice behaviors that we have not yet taught.

“No”” This warning is taught verbally to the dog at an early age. In this way, the dog understands what this phrase means from the voice and gestures of the owner over time. With the command, the index finger is shown to the dog and alerted, so that the dog learns the warning as a sign. When the dog grows up, this verbal stimulation is also physically supported by the use of training or a choking chain. When we want to direct or block our dog in the leash training state, we definitely do not create concussions that will torment the animal. In addition, you need to be careful not to use this warning too much, otherwise it will lose its importance.

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