“NO” command is probably the most used command in a dog owner’s life, since your dog needs to be educated about the do’s and don’ts of the house therefore it is one of the first commands, which your dog must learn.
It has been observed that a majority number of dog owners underestimate or undervalue this command, however if you want to tame your dog and make him obedient, you must ensure that your dog knows what to do when you say “NO”.
- Non-rewarding signal
This command is used as a non-rewarding signal during dog training. Therefore this command must be used when your puppy fails to perform a certain task or is doing something wrong. Timing plays a crucial role in learning commands and you must make sure that this command is used at the right time, so that the puppy may know exactly what he did wrong.
- Focus redirection
Let’s face the fact that dogs are smart, and where during training you are trying to anticipate their next moves, so are they. Therefore with repeated use of “NO” command, the dog starts to anticipate this command. This however is not a good thing as the dog starts playing with you, he deliberately does something wrong and before you could correct him, he himself corrects it. Focus is the key here, as if your command is delayed the puppy would be left confused, hence make sure your command is heard when the dog is focused.
- Refrain from over use
You must be fair to your dog and should refrain from overusing “NO” command as he might get uncomfortable because of excessive use. Moreover it is also important that your puppy learns why you are using this command, if he stops doing unwanted things abruptly when the command is given; it is a positive sign as your dog is learning.
- Don’t confuse the dog
Remember that your dog would be confused if you are training him for “NO” and suddenly one day you shout “WRONG”, this word is not in his vocabulary and he would be left clueless. Yes, you should also use conditional and alternative indicators, but only after your dog has learned the basic commands. In the initial stages of dog training it is advised that you don’t pair up “NO” command with any other command or gesture as this would further confuse the dog. Lastly your dog loves you and he deserves the same love and respect from your end, therefore never shout “NO” at him, unless there is no other option.