It Hurts His Self Esteem When You Tell Your Dog “NO”

Current thought on dog training is never to tell your dog NO.

If he’s savaging a small child, you have to WAIT TIL HE ISN’T and then reward the STOPPING – not scold or discipline the ATTACKING –  because that would negatively impact his stress level and his self-esteem.

Peeing on the floor? Settle in and discuss his actions, help him understand how that impacts others –  DO NOT TELL HIM “NO” – What you do according to some current thoughts and studies is REWARD the “not doing the bad thing”.

Never, EVER tell your dog “No”

It’s better for a dog’s self esteem and future relationships.

When he’s done pooping or peeing on your floor, or tearing up the cushions on your sofa WAIT UNTIL HE STOPS AND REWARD THE STOPPING. Otherwise he could develop ‘daddy issues’.

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Our ancestors did not understand the fragility of a dog’s self esteem and would sometimes protect their children from attacking dogs with towels and umbrellas – further aggravating a dog’s maladjustment.


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Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.