Imagine going through the entire day being told, “No! Don’t do that!” or “No! Stop that!”, or hearing your name screamed with a negative tone. Now imagine those harsh words and abrasive tone are coming from the people that you adore the most and look to for guidance. I don’t know about you but that sounds hurtful, stressful and along the lines of emotional abuse. Then imagine never really understanding what your loved ones want and constantly guessing about it. A dog living among humans is like being a human that has been snatched up and taken to an alien planet where you don’t speak or understand the language. If there is no calm or kindness there is no love or learning. A happy dog is an understood dog. Look at each day as an opportunity to accept this challenge. Substitute “NO!” with “YES!!” For example: ” That’s a good sit!” You will be amazed at the response from your dog. Challenge yourself to stop saying “NO!”.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."- Dr. Martin Luther Ling, Jr.