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How to Get Your Dog To Listen To You

Author: MayaAndPierson
October 21, 2009

Did you ever wonder why your dog just doesn’t listen? You hear about it a lot with some parents and their children, but with dogs it is a much simpler reason – and a simpler solution. As it sometimes is with children, dogs don’t listen to you because they don’t respect you. You give them everything they could ever want and they don’t have to do a thing to earn it, so what is their motivation for doing what you tell them to do? Not much. But before your use negative motivation like yelling (or worse, physical punishment), try some simple positive actions to earn your dog’s respect.

Make your dog earn the things they want. For example, make them sit before you give them their dinner, before you give them a treat, before you pet them, before you take them for a walk, etc.

Feed your dog only after you and your family have eaten. Do not feed your dog before or at the same time. And certainly do not feed them scraps from the table. If your dog barks at you while you are eating, ignore them. Don’t encourage the bad behavior by giving them food or attention of any kind.

Don’t allow your dog on the bed or furniture. Perhaps once your dog learns to respect you, then at your discretion you can start occasionally allowing them on the bed or furniture.

Take a few minutes each day to teach your dog commands or tricks. Anything you can teach your dog, whether it be the boring sit or a fun rollover trick, will help your dog learn to look up to you. Feel free to bribe them with treats or their favorite toys. If you are concerned about your dog only listening to you when treats or toys are at stake, start with treats then ween them off and replace with praise instead.

The most important thing is to take the time and be consistent. Your dog’s behavior is not going to change overnight and it won’t change at all if you are not consistent.

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