When Is It OK To Tell Your Dog “No”?

Your dog may want to be the one in charge but that is not always the best thing for them. Whether it be for safety reasons, or to be socially acceptable, curtailing your dog’s spontaneous behavior by telling them “no” is often necessary. Although pup may seem annoyed not to have their way having some discipline will be helpful (and secretly welcomed) and not hurtful.


Pulling on the leash: Leash pulling can be dangerous for both the dog and the walker. Dogs, especially large breeds, can be powerful and, if they decide they want to run after something, can easily pull their walker into traffic. Potentially tragic for both.

Jumping Up: Puppies may be cute when they greet people when the jump up on them, a greeting that can be potentially dangerous when they are an adult. A large dogs harmless greeting could be easilly dangerous for anyone.

Excessive Barking: Excessive barking can be very disruptive and is unnecessary. This type of behavior is often caused by boredom but other times dogs will just bark because they can. It’s important for all involved to let your dog know this type of behavior is not acceptable.

Begging For Food: Continually giving food to your dog can be detrimental to their health as over feeding will quickly lead to obesity. Another danger is that some seemingly harmless  human foods are toxic to dogs. While it may be difficult to ignore that cute face it’s best to be strong and say “no”.

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4 thoughts on “When Is It OK To Tell Your Dog “No”?

  1. I’ll be such a better dog owner on my next dog. This one is a brat but he’s 20 pounds and we can easily pick him up when he’s annoying. Must learn to say No more…

  2. With a young yellow lab in the house, we are working on “no” all the time. She’s getting better every day. Now if people would just apply this to their children.

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