3 Simple Things you Can Do To Get a More Obedient Dog

Luzelle & Puppy Sage of HausTralis Malinois at Starbucks Botany Auckland

By Luzelle Cockburn

I’ve been training dogs for a while now and there are 3 simple ways every dog owner can make faster progress! I find myself saying these things to almost every dog owner I meet. They’re simple tips that everyone can follow! 

Watch Your Dog

This is one of the most important pieces of advice I give to all my clients. You see, dogs communicate through their body language and if we are not paying attention to our dogs, we can miss vital clues that things are about to get real!

The best time to stop things going wrong is when your dog shows you the first signs that they are either uncomfortable, unhappy or going to totally lose their marbles. So that is the time you need to act. And, if you’re not keeping an eye on your dog you are likely to miss your opportune moment.

“Don’t wait till your dog’s brain can’t cope with the situation”

Take Action

If you notice that your dog is uncomfortable or are about to explode into a barking, pulling mess, take action. The best time to tack action is before things go pear shaped. Don’t wait till your dog’s brain can’t cope with the situation.

One of the most common things I see is owners standing still watching their dog having a melt down. Do something. Anything. If I don’t know what to do, my go to is to get my dog out of that situation as quickly as possible. Move. Well, don’t move towards the problem, move away from the problem. And contact a trainer so that you can show your dog how to cope in that situation.

Be Consistent

This is one of the most important pieces of advise. This is what every trainer repeats over and over. Yeah, I know, we sound like a broken record. And I know that this requires you to pay attention to your actions. It’s simple and it’s easy, but not so much at first. How do I know? Because I’ve had to train myself. I’m lazy, I tried getting away with not being consistent. And I failed.

So firstly what is consistency? It’s taking quick action every time. I’ve had to train myself, that as soon as I say “no” that I have to follow it up with giving my dog something else to do or have another appropriate consequence. What could a consequence be? Well, that depends on the dog, but my usual go to is a time out.

The other thing to realise about consistency is that it never includes the words “OK, but just this once”. Dogs have never and will never understand that concept. One time means the new norm and you will get more of that behaviour. So be sure that it is actually something you want to allow before you allow it.

Which Tip Are You Going to Try?

I won’t lie to you. I’m lazy and impatient. And I don’t want to spend more than the required time doing stuff I don’t need to do. So, you can rest assured everything I share with you are actually practical and useful tips. And it’s things I tried to ignore myself and realised that I couldn’t.

So let us know in the comments below, have you tried these tips? Did they work? If they didn’t work, why do you think they didn’t work! We’d love to hear what you think!

Need Some Help with Your Dog?

The whole reason I’m a dog trainer is to keep dog out of shelters and rescues and off death row. The best way to do that is to keep dogs with their families! So, I’ve put together some resources to help you with your dog! It’s all kept in The Dog Training Lab – you’ll find heaps of free resources, just pop your email address in The Free Resources Hub to get access and you’re set! 

What information is in there? Tips to help you with walking your dog on lead, toilet training, problem barking and so much more!

Hey, I’m Luzelle!

If it has to do with transforming your naughty, embarrassing, frustrating or worrying dog into an obedient, well behaved member of the canine society that you can actually enjoy spending your life with, I can help.

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