It’s always the same problems that dog owners turn to animal experts with. We tell you how to solve the five most common difficulties.
Some problems arise very often between dogs and humans. Often these difficulties are simply due to a misunderstanding that needs to be clarified. These tips can help you regain clarity.
The dog does not give up toys
The dog should learn to pass the ball, stick or other toy to you at any time. Have your dog make way, throw the toy, and retrieve it yourself. If the dog stands up, start over. If you try this a few times a day, he should understand that you have a right to that item.
The dog doesn’t listen to your calls
If your dog runs off and cannot be retrieved, it has probably discovered something that has piqued its interest. If you want to keep your dog’s attention, you should call the dog over to you before he starts to follow the scent. If his body tenses and he sticks his nose up, you should call for him.
If he comes to you, you should greet him with a big reward. This way your dog will know that he has something to look forward to when he comes to you. This is an important rule to keep in mind when walking your dog outdoors.
The dog reacts aggressively to other leashed dogs
Interrupt your dog’s aggressive behavior with a stop signal, such as clinking your keys. Practice with your dog stopping the unwanted behavior at the noise. If he succeeds, reward him generously.
When feeding, no one is allowed near him
While you prepare the food, let the dog stay in his place. He should only come when you call him. Signal him that he can eat now and immediately and stand by during his meal. However, let your dog eat in peace – petting is now taboo.
Then take the bowl back with you. But never remove it while your dog is still eating. This can fuel his aggression when he wants to defend his resource.
The dog doesn’t want to be left alone
In general, it is said that farewell and greeting rituals should be avoided. If you act like it’s nothing special that you’re leaving or coming back, your dog will perceive it that way too.
Stay away for about five minutes at first, and then slowly increase the time. Be casual and normal when coming or going. Remember, getting a dog used to being alone can take a lot of time and patience.
Often the problems we have with dogs are based on misunderstandings. However, if you get these out of the way, the basis for peaceful coexistence is created.