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Isn’t it frustrating? No matter how cute and adorable your dog is, there are just times when he doesn’t obey.
Worst, he would even ignore you. It seems that he doesn’t want to listen and would like to do his own thing.
Let’s face it: Dogs are smart, but this same attribute could also be the reason why they become stubborn.
So, if you are tired of having a dog who doesn’t obey you, perhaps, it’s time to investigate the reason why. Only then, will you be able to know how to best fix the problem.
In this post, let us take a look at some of the probable reasons your dog isn’t obeying you and how to improve your situation.
Are you ready? Let’s dive in!
You May Lack Patience
Patience is a virtue.
You probably already knew that. However, are you applying this when it comes to training your dog?
If you lack patience, your pup would most likely ignore you rather than obey you.
Dogs can sometimes be like little kids. They want to explore a lot of things. They have minds of their own and would like to be independent as much as possible.
When you lose your temper, you can easily do things that might hurt your dog. This can quickly lead to abuse and abused dogs don’t easily obey their masters. They would rather shrink back and be scared.
If you get mad or lose patience, learn to rest.
Give time for you and your dog to calm down. You can always try again next time. Don’t be too hard on yourself and your dog.
Here’s something you need to remember: every dog has its own learning curve. Understand that everyone, even your dog, learns at their own pace. Thus, don’t get impatient when you don’t see improvements immediately.
Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
Your four-legged best friend can easily get distracted especially when you are starting to train him. If you look around you, there might be a lot of things that’s turning his attention from you. This could be a reason he is being stubborn.
Teach your dog in a place where he can better focus. Your home could be a good place to start. Choose an area in your home where there is less stimulation and your dog could focus on you.
The principle is to gradually increase the level of distraction until your dog would become completely obedient to you.
You Don’t Give A Reward
You get motivated when you receive a reward, right? So is your dog.
If your dog isn’t obeying you, perhaps it is because you don’t give a reward. A reward encourages your pup to obey you more willingly. When you associate reward with your activities, your dog will feel more motivated to perform whatever it is you want him to do.
Make sure that your treats are delicious, small, soft, and easy to digest. You don’t want your dog to chew all the time while you’re training him.
Of course, some dogs may not be that interested in treats. So, use other forms of rewards such as praising and petting your dog, giving him his favorite toy, or simply giving extra playtime.
Be Consistent With Your Wording
It’s nice that you always talk to your dog. However, in most cases, your four-legged friend doesn’t understand your words. When your dog ignores you, it could mean that he simply doesn’t know what you are saying.
If you are telling your dog to go down the couch more than five times, then it is a sign your dog doesn’t understand you. Stop talking and start showing what you want your dog to do. Sometimes, you need to couple your words with actions and body language for the two of you to communicate effectively.
Make sure to always use the same words for the commands you want to teach your dog; if you send him mixed signals, we might not obey you for the simple reason that he doesn’t understand!
You Lack Commitment
Owning a dog is a lifetime commitment. If you can’t commit, it is better not to own a dog.
Teaching your dog obedience takes a whole lot of commitment and patience. Learning doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, energy, and even money.
So, how can you teach your dog to obey you? Create a plan and commit to it. If you want your dog to stop jumping on you, then be firm and be consistent. Don’t give up at the first sign of disobedience.
Commit. Be consistent. Most importantly, follow through.
These are some of the reasons why your dog is not obeying you. Take note of these reasons and try to improve on them. Little by little, you will surely see progress – not just in you, but also in your adorable dog!