How to train a stubborn dog
How to train a stubborn dog

How to train a stubborn dog

It’s not that they have chosen dogs that are not trainable or a lost cause but what these owners have done have probably failed at two of the most important aspects in dog training. This would be persistence and consistency.

When raising a puppy or when bringing in an older dog that may already have not had any training or been allowed to misbehave, it’s easy to give in at times. However, this is one of the worst things that can happen.

What happens is that we fail to make the behavior less rewarding to the dog or we just give up. That’s the easy thing to do and we tell ourselves, it’s not such a big issue or we can get rid of it later. Consistency and setting up a ritual/schedule is what every dog needs.

What happens is that we fail to make the behavior less rewarding to the dog or we just give up. That’s the easy thing to do and we tell ourselves, it’s not such a big issue or we can get rid of it later. Consistency and setting up a ritual/schedule is what every dog needs.

Dogs are very pattern oriented so when you keep that pattern without changing, they learn what’s exactly expected of them. Every proven method of puppy raising harps on making a schedule and keeping it with the puppy.

Being consistent with this schedule is the key to having a puppy become housebroken and reliable in the house as soon as possible. Consistency and being persistent also must be a rule followed by everyone in the home. Rules for the pet need to be clear and concise for everyone.

If you have children in the home, the rules probably should be written and posted in several places as reminders for the humans. Mom cannot have a set of rules and Dad and the kids have a completely different set.

This only confuses the dog and creates bad behaviors. If you have a pet that has bad behaviors, they have learned to get away with them so you will have a bit of retraining to do. Will this be easy? Not always but most obtainable.

When you change things up and don’t perform like your dog has learned that you will do, you’re going to get some resistance. They may become a bit more enthusiastic in offering that behavior seeing if you will give in or give up after a few tries. This is where your persistence comes into play.

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