It’s easy to get frustrated with your dog. They don’t understand what we’re saying and sometimes it seems like they really couldn’t care less about listening! It’s normal, don’t fret. Every dog owner has gotten irritated and upset with their dog, no matter how patient the person is. Now that we’ve admitted to getting upset with our dogs, let’s figure out what to do in those situations.
Take advantage of it! Punishing your dog isn’t going to teach them anything, so use the opportunity to teach your dog something new. It can be challenging, but once it becomes a habit, you and your dog will begin to understand each other much more. If your dog has a bad habit of eating everything off of the floor, use it as an obstacle course for an intense leave it. Here are a few examples of every day situations I use as practice for my dogs:
- Every time we walk through a doorway/hallway/car I practice the wait command with my dogs. (Cannot cross the line until called)
- My dogs must either sit, wait, stay, or lie down before being fed.
- While walking to my locker at work, there is dog food spilled everywhere so we practice leave it for every item we pass by
- As I am getting my items out of my locker, we practice stay.
- Every time we play fetch, my dogs must sit and sometimes even wait or lie down.
My puppy Tucker is famous for grabbing items and running around with them or chewing them up. Instead of waiting for him to get something dangerous or valuable, we practice drop it with items every day; such as the stick in the picture above.
It is great to set aside time to practice commands with your dog, but there are so many things you do with your dogs every day that can easily be used to practice and make commands part of your daily routine.
Do you use any opportunities to teach or practice commands with your dog? If so, comment and let me know!