My dog doesn't obey: what can I do?

Disobedience in a dog can very quickly prove to be discouraging for the owner, not to mention that it can present a daily problem in terms of safety. It is therefore essential not to wait to reverse the trend. But beware: 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 doesn't obey

My dog doesn't obey: possible causes
There are many reasons why a dog may not obey. He may have been left to his own devices from a very young age, or he may have been mistreated by a master who was too strict. Similarly, if the orders given to him were not consistent, the dog could not carry them out because he simply did not understand them. Unclear communication does not allow you to control your animal. Ambivalence must therefore be avoided at all costs. If you gesticulate in all directions, if you shout incessantly and if you do not adapt the training method to the dog's character, the animal has little chance of becoming obedient.

One does not improvise oneself as a canine educator. Thus, a brutal master or on the contrary without any authority cannot teach his dog to obey. Moreover, we can see that a bad learning method leads to behavioural problems. Thus, a badly trained dog can jump on people, become aggressive, be destructive or run away at any time for example.

Finally, many owners do not take enough time to train their little companion. Training is a serious matter and must be done on a daily basis, ideally starting as soon as the dog is 2 months old.

Making a disobedient dog obey: the principles to respect
If you want to succeed in making your dog more obedient, it is essential to start by creating a relationship of trust in order to establish a real complicity between the master and the animal. For that, the dog must not be the dominant one. It is therefore his educator 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 when rehabilitating a dog that does not obey.

  • Understand how your dog functions and how he communicates,
  • Give clear and consistent orders so that the dog understands them,
  • Always perform the same gestures and use the same vocabulary for a specific order,
  • Submit an order when it is to be executed and not too far in advance to avoid confusion,
  • Don't be too permissive,
  • Do not shout and do not brutalize your animal if it disobeys: the education of a dog must in no way be based on fear,
  • Congratulate your dog as soon as he executes an order, even if it took a long time,
  • Always stay positive,
  • Be patient,
  • Take the necessary time for the dog to assimilate and then perform a difficult exercise,
  • Modify your method if you don't 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 one does not feel able to make 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 that one is looking for.

Finally, it should be noted that even if the dog's education is entrusted to a specialist, it is necessary to repeat the orders learned outside the sessions and this, on a daily basis. In any case, anything is possible, and one can succeed in making an undisciplined dog obey, even if he is taken in hand when he is already an adult. It is essential that he is subjected to obedience exercises with the greatest possible regularity. As for his master, whatever his mood of the moment and his worries (personal, professional), he must always be constant, patient and respectful with his little companion.

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