6.Are verbal reprimands such as “ah” or “no” okay?
A: At first I thought the verbal reprimand for dogs who broke their down-stay on the rug might work, but the dogs I used it on became confused or scared.
If I reprimanded them when they got up from their down-stay and pointed for them to go back to their rug, they tended to get up again and submissively crawl over to me or just get up and freeze in place because they didn’t know what to do. It became clear that they didn’t really know what I wanted and that’s why they were getting up. The protocol needed to be adjusted so they were getting more frequent positive reinforcement for staying in the down-stay, rather than a reprimand for messing up.