|Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 8:35am PST |
|I use "no" quite a bit. But I use it in context, as I would with anyone. "No, we are not playing now" "No, it is not dinner time." It's just a word. It's not going to damage their psyche, just as it doesn't hurt kids when you say no to them.
I don't have a standard interrupter...whatever pops out of my mouth works. Sometimes it's a polite "try again", sometimes it's profane..."what the f%$# do you think you're doing?"
Their names are a cue to look at me in case a command is to follow, or an endearment, or an admonishment...sometimes both! "Squ'mey! Leave my croc!. Wiley! What a good boy! Two-Dogs...settle down"
I think we get so hung up on science that we lose the art of training sometimes.
Most dogs are a lot smarter than some folks give them credit for.
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