Ask just about any dog trainer or veterinarian and they’ll tell you reward-based training is best for canines. It makes sense. Treats are better incentives than a pat on the head (or nothing at all). Of course, all dogs are unique and it’s wise to explore a variety of methods to see which ones your pet responds to best. Either way, establishing healthy obedience practices and firm commands early on is critical to lifelong good behavior. Unfortunately, there are some words and phrases that come naturally to us as people but are ineffective for dogs. We rounded up five things not to say to your dog, according to real trainers and veterinarians.
Remember: Your dog is not a person. Remind yourself of this as often as possible. (Psst: Your dog is not a person.) She might seem like she’s a person! She can certainly be your favorite companion! But she is not a person. She is a dog. This means you need to communicate in a way that allows her to absorb the information and practice what you preach.