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.
Typical dog problems
Most of the difficulties that the dog and owner have with each other are based on an unstable “priority order” in the family. The good thing about it: if you restore order, the typical problems also disappear. Here are the top five of insubordination.
The dog won’t give up its toy
Your four-legged friend must learn that the stick is your property. Have your dog make way, throw the stick and retrieve it yourself. If the dog stands up, start over. If you try this a few times a day, he’ll quickly learn that you “own” him.
My dog runs away when I go for a walk and won’t listen to my calls
If your dog no longer responds to your call, it will follow its hunting instinct. He picked up the scent and just doesn’t hear you anymore. You can only interrupt the hunting instinct if you are careful and call your dog over early. If he comes, reward him with a large piece of sausage, for example.
My male dog attacks other male dogs that are on a leash when he is out for a walk
If your dog reacts aggressively, interrupt what he is doing with an interrupt signal, e.g. banging your key ring. Practice with your four-legged friend to interrupt the unwanted behavior at the noise. If he follows, reward him generously with treats.
No one is allowed near him when he is eating
Let the dog stay in its place during the preparation of the food and only come when you call it. Signal him that he can eat now and immediately and stand by during his meal. Then take the bowl back with you. But never remove it while your dog is still eating. This fuels his aggression.
My dog doesn’t want to be left alone
Avoid farewell and greeting rituals. Stay away for five minutes at first, and then slowly increase the time. Ignore the dog when you come or go. Sprint into the laundry room with the leash or make yourself a coffee in your rain jacket. This is how you break habits and show your four-legged friend: I’m the boss here! This promotes confidence and your dog will become safe.
My dog won’t stop barking
All dogs bark, some more, others less. The “readiness to bark” is not only innate but also breed-specific. Other reasons can include fear/insecurity or protective instincts. Depending on the background of the barking, it can be controlled. Keep your dog balanced and don’t let boredom set in. Another tip is to ignore the barking. This symbolizes that such behavior will not get you very far.