I need to associate a specific word with a desired behavior but all you say is “NO”. Some times you change the tone of your voice and it gets confusing which leads to stress, anxiety and sometimes I can get angry if I am too frustrated because you are frustrated and angry. And then I pee on the floor. Oops.
Hey, I am a dog. My mind works different than you humans.
Show me what you want me to do with a specific word for each behavior. And then immediately reward me. Please be consistent (and kind) in your words and action and I will be consistently good for you. It’s that easy and that simple. Really!
Did you know when you yell “NO” ( and keep saying it over and over and over again) when I bark it sounds like you are "talking" to me in my language? So of course I bark more. Which makes you yell more. So I bark more. Do you want
me to stop barking? Ooooh OK. Then, please, teach me to stop barking with a special cue word I can associate with the desired behavior you want from me and maybe give or teach me something else to do instead like "sit" and let me know I did a good job listening with a treat or verbal praise and I will always stop when you ask! Simple, right? YES!
Also, when I have something in my mouth, don't scream at me and again just yell “NO” a hundred times and chase me if you want it back. Hey, you left it laying around. I thought I could have it. So then when you run at me and grab for it, I am thinking -game on! I am going to run and bark like a fool. Just like you. Isn't that what you want? It's what you are doing. I am trying to be like you. Oh no?
OK then my dear human. please, be concise about what it is you want. Like teach me “drop it” and reward me for dropping something I really want by giving me a treat until I totally understand the concept. Teach me “leave it” until you can pick it up so I don’t pick it back up and run off and try to play some more. I need to know what you want and expect from me so I can behave that way. “No” doesn’t cut it.
Kindly tell me what you want and give me a chance to process and respond. I will, you know. I love you. I want you to be happy and love me back and give me rewards and tell me I am a good boy and pet me nice. I do really want to be a good dog for you.
But it’s your job to show me how. Be my leader.
Oh ya, and that nice, warm , comfy couch of yours? Well, of course I want to sit up there with you, you are my human. But if you don't want me on the couch, sadly ok. Teach me “off”. Give me my own special place where I can lie down and can still see you and be near you. Teach me to “go lay down”. Remember, I am really good at associating a particular word with a particular behavior and I can learn like 150 or more words! Bring it on human! And don't forget to reward me when I listen! I really like that part. A treat, some nice pets, or nicely spoken verbal praise like "good boy". These are the things I will respond to.
Remember, just because sometimes you think I am sort of like a human and sometimes treat me like one, I am not one. My doggy brain and reasoning are different from your human one. And if I get too anxious from not understanding or wanting to please you, I may pee on the floor and there you go with that “NO” word again.
Build my confidence and help me be the best dog I can for you by teaching me in a language I can understand.
Let's have some positive communication and rewards! Be calm, kind, consistent. And patient! I will learn to give you what you expect and want. I will listen to you if you learn to listen to me.
Just an FYI, as a dog, I talk most and best with my body and heart. I am also very visual. Your tone of voice and especially your body language is what means most to me. Its what I see, hear, listen and respond to. That's how I communicate best.
So what are you waiting for? Let's have some positive two-way communication! Let's go get some training, both of us so there is no confusion in our communication. I need to know your expectations and my boundaries so I can behave. With some good training, we can learn together and be best furriends forever! This is just the begging of a beautiful relationship!
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