G is for Good Job

J.K. Simmons in Growing Up Fisher. I hope he told his doggie costar “Good Job” once or twice. From Dogster.

Have you seen Whiplash? Remember what J.K. Simmons’ character says about the phrase “Good Job”?

I’ll let J.K. tell you, using some colorful adult language, so I can stick with my goal of using all positive language.

I rather enjoyed Whiplash and this scene sums up its theme. Maybe that is how a great artist becomes One of The Greats.

On the other hand, I believe that to raise a Great Dog, the two most beneficial words are “Good job.”

Leo jumped onto this raised dock in a parking lot with just a little encouragement, and you bet I cheered him on.

“Good boy!” I gave him cheese. Mia hopped right up beside him and was happy to be rewarded with her rubber ball.

Would throwing a cymbal at Leo’s head help him jump onto the next metaphorical dock he encounters? Or will he remember how good it felt to make his people so proud they smiled and cheered and gave him cheese?

For the A to Z Challenge, I’m using all positive language in my posts. Find out how I discovered the benefits of positive reinforcement training in my book, Bark and Lunge!


After checking out some of the other A to Z Challenge bloggers, how about visiting some Wordless Wednesday blog hoppers and telling them “Good Job”?

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Published by Kari Neumeyer

Writer, editor, dog mom, ovarian cancer survivor

18 thoughts on “G is for Good Job

  1. I wonder how many times the average dog owner says “Good Boy!” or “Good Girl!” to their dog in it’s lifetime. I probably say that ten times a day! Perfect for your letter “G” post.

  2. G is for Good Boy, too! I have my guys conditioned to know those words as a reward marker. I’ve paired them with food/treats so many times, that if I need to reward them when food is absent, those words do the trick!

  3. Kinda wanting a dog now!
    I say Good Boy or Good Girl to my cats 😉 They’re also why I don’t have a dog right now (there’s a story there).
    Didn’t finish the video, like your idea of Good Job much better!

    Gina, I’m #1302 today, blogging at Book Dragon’s Lair

    1. Nothing makes me happier than hearing people say that my dogs make them want dogs! Way better than having them think my dogs are out of control and who would want such creatures!

  4. I always used to say good boy to my childhood dog and he seemed to realize that he was doing something good.

    It is a lot harder to encourage my frogs, but I still do try. They just don’t listen at all!

      1. My frogs don’t train well at all! I keep trying to train them to stay in their cage and yet they are always curious on what is outside.

        I feel like iguanas would listen sometimes!

  5. I try and praise our dogs for every good thing they do – I give them lots of love and hugs and sometimes treats. I adore them. They repeat good behavior when you tell them that you like it 🙂

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