How To Train A Disobedient Dog
If you have a disobedient dog, then this is the video to watch. Debbie Connolly, who has 30 years experience in pets, shares some tips on how to train a naughty dog and improve your relationship.
I want to talk to you about how to train a disobedient dog and I think the most important starting point is to define what disobedient actually is. Surprisingly, it's different for different people. So, for example, if you came to my house and saw my dogs, they wouldn't get on the sofa unless they are invited for a bit of a cuddle, that's not a problem.
If I go to some people's houses, the opposite is true. So you have to define first of all, what amounts to disobedience. If you have a dog, who barks a lot, who runs around a lot, who is silly, is that really disobedience? Is the dog doing it on purpose, does it have a strong personality, is it a little bold or is it actually something you've taught? I see a lot of customers, who wave toys around, encouraging their dog to jump up, to nip them, pull their clothes and laugh hilariously about and then a visitor turns up and the dog does exactly the same to them and suddenly gets told off, it's not fair.
What your dog needs is consistency, so you can't say one minute, jump all over me, pull these things out of my hand and the next minute, say don't do that, that's a naughty dog. You can only have one rule. It's not fair to do it any other way.
So when you're training a disobedient dog, start with consistency. Talk to the rest of the family; make sure the rest of the family expects the same thing. Again, it's not uncommon for me to see customers who have children admit that when they are actually alone in their home and their parents have gone out that they do actually rag the dog about being silly and encourage the dog to bark.
Barking is a common problem; it can cause you serious issues. You can end up with a situation where you're evicted. So what you need to be clear about is that everybody who deals with the dog has exactly the same rules, boundaries and expectations.
Then you need to look at things like food, additives in food can cause some dogs to behave very badly, they can cause hyperactivity, certain types of aggression problems, so look at the food that you're feeding. And then look at classes, look at getting some help. Even if you've had a lifetime of dogs, realistically a lifetime of dogs is possibly only two or three.
I could see that many in a week, so sometimes going to a class, asking your vet to find you a behaviorist can actually be the way forward. But never confuse your dog, be very consistent with your approach, be kind, be firm but above all, be fair and that is how to deal with a disobedient dog. .