You know sometimes when we adopt a pup, find one in a not so good home and take it in, or even buy one from somewhere. There is always that initial part of getting your dog to start listening to you. I have laid out some tips here for you to get your furry friend on the right track.
Why Won’t My Dog Listen To Me
This is a common question that most first-time Dog owners ask me. Before I answer your question, let me ask you a few instead.
Do you have to raise your voice every time you want your Dog to listen to you?
Does your Dog always come or sit on command – anytime and anywhere you want him to?
If your answers are mostly in the negative, its time you seriously reconsider your role as a sincere Dog trainer and an ideal pet parent.
Get Your Dog To Listen To You
Before you begin any training, you must first establish yourself as the “ALPHA dog” of your family. Your Dog must know that you are the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge.
Here is a list of simple DO’s and DON’T’s that you must follow if you want to be the Alpha:
- Always go out or come in through the door first – remember you are the leader
- Always eat first – give your Dog something to eat only after you have finished your meal
- Don’t circle around your Dog when he is lying on the floor – make your Dog move out of your way instead
- Don’t let your Dog set the rules – pay attention to him when you think fit and not whenever he demands
- Don’t permit your Dog to sleep with you in your bed – Make sure they know where their sleeping area is, clearly.
Once you successfully established yourself as the Alpha, training your Dog and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your Dog does not learn to “listen”, all your training efforts will be in vain!
Knowing Their Name
Does your Dog know his name? Does your Dog look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in Dog Training.
If your Dog does not respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.
To make sure that your Dog recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your Dog’s name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand.
Continue calling his name until he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately.
Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you’re sure that your Dog has learned to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you by petting or with a hug.
Always Show Your Love
You must understand that Dogs respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force. They will respond to you, and they understand much more, if you shower them and reward them with your love instead of by brute force.
There is a big difference in showing your dog who is “boss” and being down right mean. Remember, you are in charge, just like with a child.
Be sure to check out the training course at the link below…
Happy Tails, Happy Trails!