This is a question we often get. The short answer is: “Sure you can.”
We don’t expect you to be some perfect Yoda Master. We shout at our kids (and dogs). Why can’t you do the same?
Shouting often does the trick: it can get the point across so the dog stops. So if it works, why not?
The only caveat we have is: don’t pretend it’s in lieu of a long-term solution. Don’t call it “education”. See it for what it is:
And that’s OK.
These are signs that it’s time to take it easy on the shouting, though:
In those cases, it’s time to find out what’s going on and PATIENTLY and DILIGENTLY invest time in teaching him a better way of coping.
Nagging doesn’t work for husbands, and it sure doesn’t work for dogs.
And, do you know what? It kind us makes you look like a moron.