1) My dog is not obedient to me anymore than I am to him.
2) My dog will obey me if I make the effort to train him properly.
In both cases, it’s time for a change.
My first point might seem obvious but it’s worth mentioning again because many people are unaware of their own dogs’ behavior or they don’t realize that their dogs have any negative traits at all (or none at all). If your dog isn’t behaving like he/she used to, then there’s no reason to keep trying to force obedience out of them. They’re probably just bored with you and want something else to do.
If your dog is behaving badly, then it’s time for some action. You need to take steps towards solving the problem before resorting to punishment or worse.
You may think that you’ve tried everything possible to get your dog to behave right and nothing seems to work. But here’s the thing; even if you haven’t, it doesn’t mean that nothing can be done. All it means is that you need to try harder!
And when you do succeed, congratulations! You now have a better understanding of what causes certain behaviors in your dogs. You can stop yourself from going through the same struggle again and again.
I also tend to believe that people are too quick to blame their pets for being disobedient when it could be them at fault. Disobedient dogs can easily lead to aggressive dogs if not handled properly.
It’s important to understand that dogs are more like us than you think. They do feel pain, they do get scared and they’re very conscious of their surroundings. They act a certain way because of a reason; you might not understand it, but there is one.
If you find yourself struggling to get your dog to listen to you, it’s important to stop and take a break. You need time to cool off before doing something regrettable. Take deep breaths, go for a walk or talk to someone who will listen to you.
There’s no point in losing your cool, even if you are partly to blame.
Learn to think like a dog and you’ll soon be able to understand why they do the things they do. If you’re struggling, try to think about what you were doing at their age and what made you act a certain way. It’s not about blaming yourself, it’s about opening your eyes and realizing that dogs are more human than we think.
It’s also important to note that dogs will always behave like dogs no matter how well trained. You can’t expect them not to bark at the postman or chase birds. All you can do is teach them when and where it’s appropriate to do these things and when it isn’t.
Dogs are very simple creatures that way. The trick is getting them to listen.
The first thing you need to do is teach your dog the basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and down. These are the foundations of your relationship with your dog and if this doesn’t work, nothing will.
If you’ve already taught your dog these commands and he still won’t listen, then you’ll have to resort to other measures. Dogs need to be motivated to do things. It could be through food, play, attention or even fear.
If your dog is not being motivated by the usual rewards, then you’ll have to try something else.
You might need to hire a professional if you don’t feel comfortable with handling this sort of thing yourself. A trainer will be able to tell right away what’s going on and take steps in the right direction. Don’t forget that dogs are creatures of habit, so any changes in their routine can be very unsettling to them.
This can lead to misbehavior. Just remember to be consistent and everything should turn out just fine.
Always remember that your dog is always watching you, even when you think he isn’t. You are a role model for him. What you do and how you react to things will affect how he acts in certain situations.
If you are angry and upset a lot of the time, your dog will pick up on this and perhaps act afraid of you. Confidence is key. Always be in control and your dog will naturally fall in line.
If you follow these steps, there’s no reason why you can’t have the well-behaved dog of your dreams. It may take some time for you to fully understand each other, but it will definitely be worth it when you do. A happy, healthy relationship with your dog is well within your grasp.
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Intelligent disobedience: Doing right when what you’re told to do is wrong by I Chaleff – 2015 – books.google.com
Don’t Shoot the Dog: The Art of Teaching and Training by K Pryor – 2019 – books.google.com
Human and animal factors related to relinquishment of dogs and cats in 12 selected animal shelters in the United States by MD Salman, JG New, Jr, JM Scarlett… – Journal of Applied …, 1998 – Taylor & Francis