N is for
Negative – this is a math term which involves subtraction. Negative reinforcement is removing desired results due to behavior. Negative punishment is removing an undesired result due to behavior. Neither of those terms are judgement related nor are they determined by the human in the equation. Think about what it is that your dog desires as a result of his/her behavior.
Newbie – the awkward beginning stage of learning a new skill. Newbies are not expected to have mastered the new skills. Don’t let perfectionism stop you from learning new skills!
Novelty – dogs are novelty seeking mammals. This is a powerful drive which can be harnessed by trainers seeking to add new behaviors the dog’s vocabulary.
Numbers – training is a cumulative effect of applying consistent results to behaviors over time.
Nutrition – good nutrition is important to help our dogs learn and perform the tasks we ask them to do. Good nutrition is rewarding, itself, but like chocolate after a meal rather than replacing the meal we should be mindful of the calories we are adding to our dog’s diet.