Great Debate: Is ‘no’ a no-no?

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Whenever we find our dog chewing a shoe or displaying any kind of undesired behaviour, saying “No!” is often the most immediate reaction. But is it advisable?

According to many dog trainers, “no” is an empty word that is best avoided: it simply tells the dog we are upset and, while it may get the dog to stop doing whatever he’s doing, it gives no indication as to what the desired behaviour should be. To this end, trainers argue, redirection of the dog to another, acceptable action is the key.

Others, however, believe that “no” is not only useful, but also needed when you need your dog to immediately stop whatever action he’s taking.

We ask: Is it ever ok to say “no” to your dog?

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