|Barked: Sun Nov 25, '12 3:16pm PST |
|These are my two cents Watson: There is a difference between a "no" used in training or as a correction for refusing a cue and a "no" used in everyday life. In training, I strive to not use any negative terms whatsoever, and don't find them necessary or useful. In fact, I would strongly recommend against them, even if its just a nicely spoken "no". The same goes with a refused cue. Forget about the "no" and skip ahead to figuring out why the cue was refused, and address that instead.
In everyday life, however, there are times when you have to convey to your dog that what they are doing is not liked. It's true that you can train different behaviors like "leave it" that minimize the occassions where "no" might feel necessary. But it's impossible to predict and train for everything your dog will do. And sometimes you just need to tell your dog to knock-it-off.
The problem is that it becomes a habit for most people, and they get stuck always correcting their dogs for stuff. When you commit to eliminating "no" from the repetoire, it forces you to teach your dog the right stuff, instead of always telling him or her what the wrong stuff is.
I eliminated "no" from my vocabulary (well, no one's perfect, but you get my drift), and believe me it wasn't easy. But now I find that the occassions I would have felt the need for it have been reduced to a minimum. And instead of the "no", what comes out is an "ei" sound I also use with little kids when they're about to get into trouble. Works fine, and doesn't come with all the baggage.
So, in my house, we don't use "no" as a training tool or as a correction for refusing a cue. But if the dog is playing too roughly with the cat, or eyeing an unattended plate of human food, "ei" comes out.
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