My dog ​​does not listen to me: how to make him obey?

Make your dog respect the distance when you are at the table: one of the first instructions to teach him. (©CallallooAlexis/AdobeStock)

Learning “good manners”, or rules if you prefer, should start at an early age. Your dog is part of the family and, as such, he too must know certain rules, adapt to them and comply with them.

No, your pet should not bite your shoes, steal food and non stop barking. You have to encourage him to listen to you, to do what you expect of him. Rest assured, the dog has the ability to understand the no. Only the tone of your voice will make the difference.

Softness and firmness

If you catch him tearing off the carpet, for example, divert his attention by giving him a bone to gnaw or take him for a walk.

Activities like agility can allow the dog to work on his sense of listening. He is guided by the voice of his master, himself coached by a dog trainer.

There is no point in shouting, your pet could become fearful or even aggressive.

The dog needs landmarks. Establish rules from the beginning and not change them. (©Jana Behr/AdobeStock)

Teach him distance when you eat

Does your dog constantly cry out when you’re at the table? Does it follow you around the house when you have food in hand? Even it happened to him to steal food in your kitchen? First question: does your dog have rules regarding his diet?

Indeed, to avoid theft or obsession with food, your animal must have a food discipline.

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Your dog should eat once or twice a day at set times. If his bowl or bowl of water is self-service, the croquettes are offered to him in a limited time. You can leave him fifteen minutes to eat and then you get rid of it.

He must also have his own space: carpet, basket, niche. This is where you are going to send your dog when you are going to lead him away from the table or the kitchen.

These two rules are fundamental for his education. It is therefore imperative that everyone in your household respects them and therefore that no one feeds him under the table!

How to be heard on a walk?

Imagine, you walk your dog on a leash, he escapes you and there is nothing to do, he does not come back. You whistle, call him but he has decided not to listen to you.

To avoid such a situation, from an early age, play hide and seek with him. During a walk, disappear for a few moments while keeping an eye on him. He is likely to panic without seeing you.

Approach him and be very demonstrative. You can him offer a reward. He will be very happy to see you again and will obediently learn all the rules related to reminders.

Another exercise: use a very long leash to encourage him to be independent and gently bring him back to you when you call him.

Between the master and his dog, it’s give and take. Our role as master is to learn to listen to our dog, to respect his nature to establish a beautiful harmony. His role is to obey you, provided that the rules have been established from the beginning and that they do not vary from day to day. The dog needs landmarks.


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