A disobedient dog isn’t always the fault of the owner, it might be the natural behavior of that dog’s breed or something that is part of that dog’s personality. Here are five tips for training a disobedient dog.
Hire A Dog Trainer
If all else fails, it might be worth hiring a professional for the job. This might be the more costly route to down, but it’s never really too late for a dog to disciplined. A dog trainer will certainly be freely available around your local area, but you want to make sure you go with someone nearby so that you can learn from the trainer.
Give Them Plenty Of Exercise
Depending on the type of disobedient behavior they emit, it might be that they are too hyperactive and need the right care and attention to stop them from acting up. A dog needs plenty of exercise and depending on the breed, some may need one walk a day, where others need several. Make sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise and that you are taking them on walks of varying lengths. Try to change up their walk, so they don’t recognize a quick walk around the block as being normal.
Commands are great for controlling a dog’s behavior, so if they are madly barking at a guest that’s just come into your house, you have something like lie down or an action to send them to their bed which will stop them immediately. It’s best to introduce these commands as early as possible. However, dogs aren’t stupid, and they can still pick up commands like ‘give paw’ and ‘roll over’ even in their adulthood. It’s just making sure you commit enough time to it and that you are strong in holding back from giving them what they want until they do it.
Don’t Treat Them Like A Human
As much as they are part of your family, the problem that might be causing the dog’s disobedience is that they probably feel more like a human than they do a dog. From giving them food off the table to letting them sleep in your bed may feel like a nice thing to do but you’re giving them the opportunity to sit higher up in the chain of command. To the extent where you’ll end up running rings around your dog! So treat them like a dog, make sure they know their place, and that includes where they sleep and what food they eat.
Reward When They Do Good
Rewards are a great way of letting your dog know when they’ve done well. The worse thing to do is to reward a dog when they’ve been bad. So if they do a command successfully, give them plenty of treats. If they poo or wee in the house, don’t reward them.
Training your dog is a process that should be done as early as possible. Reward them for good behavior and ensure they learn their place within the household.