A is for Accentuate the Positive

Welcome to the 2015 Blogging A to Z Challenge.

My theme this year is All-Positive, which means I will be discussing only positive methods of working with my dogs. I believe very strongly that rewarding dogs (or anyone) for the things they do right leads to a reciprocally respectful relationship.

As an added linguistic challenge, I will use all-positive language in my posts. Better to stick with what works! Look at the good in the world. Celebrate the wonder and the splendor. Accentuate the positive! (See how I’m letting the first line of the song lyric speak for itself?)

This is my family. They make me so happy. Every day.
This is my family. They make me so happy. Every day.

 For more about my journey to discovering the benefits of positive reinforcement, read my book, Bark and Lunge!


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Published by Kari Neumeyer

Writer, editor, dog mom, ovarian cancer survivor

18 thoughts on “A is for Accentuate the Positive

  1. Love this idea! But now I’m singing that song, “accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative” over and over again in my head, lol. Cheers and take care.

  2. I love this! It isn’t always easy for families to stay positive with each other but my experience has definitely been that problems are always solved faster and more thoroughly when you accentuate the positive. Hooray!

  3. Love the theme, love the picture. If everyone tried to be positive imagine what could happen…

  4. I’ve long associated “positive reinforcement” with something that’s used by parents when raising children but I can see how it would apply to dogs. Speaking of dogs, those are some good looking dogs in that photo with you!

    It’s nice how you used Wordless Wednesday to your advantage 🙂

    A to Z Challenge CoHost
    The Madlab Post

  5. You have a beautiful family, you’ve been blessed! Positive re-enforcement is the only way to train in my opinion. Staying positive is a great mindset, sometimes challenging, but a great way to live!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  6. These are going to be some interesting posts. We always talk about the importance of positive language at work but it’s not something I always think of when I’m at dog training with my pooch. 🙂

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