Without even recognising it, your dog may be “wearing the pants” in your house. Without a strong leader, it is natural for the dog to take charge and try and be the “pack leader”.
When our Bark Buster’s trainers visit a client in their home, one of the first things we look for is: “who is in charge?”
More often than not, it is the dog. While we observe the dogs and owners, we can often see how well the dogs have trained the owners. In fact, the root of many behavioural issues is that the dog thinks he is the “pack leader”. It’s not something owners realise until we point out the tell-tale signs. Suddenly the owners see things from their dog’s point of view and have a new respect for their dog’s intelligence.
For fun, we have listed some examples of dogs who have taken the lead to control situations to get what they want. These are real-life scenarios compiled from our clients. You may see yourself or your dog in these behaviours!
Dogs can wear you down. They are fighting you for control. For 24 hours make a list of all instances where you are responding to your dog’s demands.
Don’t worry if the list is long. The way to turn things around is simple but is takes patience. Note when you are giving in to your dog and STOP doing it. Easier said than done, I know. You have to ignore attention-seeking behaviour or demands from your dog. By not responding to your dog’s demands, you are communicating that you are the leader in a passive way that he instinctively understands. He may sulk, whine or bark but after a few days (or even weeks) he will see that his misbehaviours aren’t working anymore.
Don’t ignore your dog completely. Play with your dog as you build trust and allow him to use his intelligence in new ways. Dogs need to be mentally and physically stimulated or they will get into trouble. If your dog demands something from you, ignore him until he gives up and goes away. Wait 10 minutes and then call him back to play, eat or walk. This may seem minor to you but is massive to a canine brain.
You will be changing your relationship with your dog so that he begins to respect you versus controls you. The new behaviour will become part of your life. Once you have pinpointed the changes to be made, remember to be consistent.
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