Verbally Correcting One Dog When You Have Two

Verbally Correcting One Dog When You Have Two

A poster from our discussion forum asked:

"I have two dogs- - a​ Pit Bull and a​ Boston Terrier. I have read that you​ should not use the​ dog's name and [the word]"No" together so that the​ dog does not associate negative feelings with his name. So how do I tell one dog "No,​" without both feeling like they are both in​ trouble?

Situation: the​ Pit Bull is​ happily playing with her chew toy. the​ Boston Terrier is​ chewing on​ my sofa. How do I let the​ sofa chewer know that he is​ in​ the​ wrong (the Boston knows better. I have corrected him using the​ prong collar in​ the​ past and by just saying,​ "No,​" will get him to​ stop) without making the​ Pit Bull think that she is​ in​ trouble.

Adam replies:

Eye contact.

You don't need to​ worry about the​ other dog's "feelings." Just make eye contact with the​ dog you​ are going to​ correct.

If the​ dog is​ chewing on​ your couch you​ should NOT BE GIVING VERBAL CORRECTIONS. you​ should be giving leash corrections.

Chewing on​ the​ couch is​ a​ major infraction. We don't give $2 tickets for chewing on​ the​ couch. We give $200 tickets. Otherwise,​ your correction will have no meaning. (Keep the​ tab and training collar on​ the​ dog.)

You shouldn't be giving exclusively verbal corrections for this behavior. Period. Two,​ maybe three leash corrections for this behavior and your dog should never do it​ again. if​ he continues doing it,​ then you​ know that your corrections aren't firm enough. Also,​ you​ may want to​ try taking one link out of​ the​ pinch collar. it​ should be a​ snug fit.

I don't advise pet owners to​ ever use the​ dog's name in​ conjunction with the​ word "No."

That's all for now,​ folks!

Verbally Correcting One Dog When You Have Two

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