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My dog does not obey: what to do?

Disobedience in a dog can quickly turn out to be discouraging for the owner, not to mention that it can present a problem in terms of daily safety. It is therefore essential not to wait to reverse the trend. But be careful: consistency and tact are essential in order not to obtain the opposite result to the one expected. It is also necessary to identify the origin of this disobedience in order to remedy it more easily.

My dog does not obey: possible causes

There are different reasons why a dog does not obey. He may have been left to his own devices from a very young age, or he may have been mistreated by an overly strict master. In the same way, if the orders he was given were not coherent, the dog could not execute them because he simply did not understand them. Unclear communication does not allow you to control your pet. Therefore, ambivalence must be avoided at all costs. If you gesticulate in all directions, shout incessantly and do not adapt the training method to the dog's character, the animal has little chance of becoming obedient.

You can't improvise yourself as a dog trainer. Thus, a brutal master or one without any authority cannot teach his dog to obey. It has been observed that a bad training method leads to behavioral problems. For example, a poorly trained dog can jump on people, become aggressive, be destructive or run away at any moment.

Finally, many owners don't take enough time to train their little companion. Training is a serious matter and should be done on a daily basis, ideally starting when the dog is 2 months old.

Obedience training for a disobedient dog: principles to follow

If you want to succeed in making your dog more obedient, it is essential to start by creating a relationship of trust to establish a real complicity between the master and the animal. For this, the dog should not be the dominant one. It is therefore his trainer who decides. But it is just as important to spend time with your dog, to take him out, to play with him thanks to physical activities and courses or games that stimulate the dog's mental capacities.

There are certain principles that must be respected to rehabilitate a dog that does not obey.
  • Understand how your dog works and how it communicates,
  • Give clear and coherent orders so that the dog understands them,
  • Always perform the same gestures and use the same vocabulary for a specific command,
  • Give a command at the time it is to be executed and not too far in advance to avoid confusion,
  • Do not be too permissive,
  • Do not shout and do not bully your pet if it disobeys: the education of a dog should never be based on fear,
  • Congratulate your dog as soon as it executes an order, even if it takes a long time,
  • Always remain positive,
  • Be patient,
  • Take the time necessary for the dog to assimilate and then perform a difficult exercise,
  • Change your method if you do not get any results.
Each session must be constructive. For that, the dog must find a real pleasure in it. This is the key to success. If you don't feel capable of making a rebellious dog obedient, the best solution is to entrust this task to a dog trainer, because the slightest error in the educational method can give the opposite result to the one you are looking for.

Finally, it should be noted that even if the education of the dog is entrusted to a specialist, it is necessary to repeat the commands learned outside the sessions and on a daily basis. In any case, anything is possible, and it is possible to make an unruly dog obey, even if it is taken in hand when it is already an adult. It is essential that the dog be subjected to obedience exercises with the greatest regularity. As for the owner, whatever his mood at the time and his worries (personal, professional), he must always be constant, patient and respectful with his little companion.