There is a thin but critical difference between disobedience and incomprehension.
If your dog is not obeying a command because he does not understand what it is you want him to do, that is not a behavioral problem at all.
It simply means that you need to spend some more time together in training.
True disobedience occurs when your dog deliberately does not obey a request or command, although he has full knowledge of what it is that you instruct him to do.
If you spend a lot of time with him, you will certainly realize this because he has performed it reliably on several occasions before.
Although this may seem like a relatively minor inconvenience, it is actually crucial.
For not only can it be dangerous for your dog, it can also be detrimental to your relationship with him in the long run.
Disobedience is rooted in disrespect.
When your dog deliberately does not obey you, he is saying, “I don’t agree with you. Therefore I don’t respect your authority enough to do what you want me to do”.
If you allow him to get away with this, you are allowing him to form the habit of passive aggression.
This is not something that can just be left to fix itself as the problem will worsen.
Therefore it is very important that your dog recognizes that you outrank him in the social and household hierarchy.
The concept of alpha status is one that you need to be familiar with in order to maintain a healthy functional relationship with your dog.
It may sound cruel from a human perspective, but your dog is happier when he knows that someone else is in charge of making all the decisions – including his day-to-day behavior and obedience levels.
It is not possible to have a perfect human and dog relationship if he does not understand that you are the clear-cut authority figure.
He needs to accept that he is beneath you in the chain of command.
Your first step in dealing with generalized disobedience is to reestablish your dominance.
Here are some tips on doing so:
1. Leave Before Your Dog
When leaving the house and the car, you must always leave before your dog.
This is unmistakable alpha behavior.
For to dog, only the alpha leaves first.
If you allow him to exit the house or the car ahead of you, you are saying to him: You’re stronger than me; you should go first because you’re the decision-maker.
Inside doors are not so important, but every time you leave the house or the car to go outside, you must make him wait for you to go first, until you release him with a Go command.
2. Make Him Wait For His Food
Your family and you must always eat before him – if it means he has to wait an extra half hour or so for his meal.
When you put his food down for him, make him sit and wait until you release him to eat.
Keep his feeding schedule varied, so he is always aware that you’re in charge of his food .
Do not allow him to form expectations of when he should be fed.
3. Do Not Give Him Complete Free Access To Your Home
Even though house is your den since you bought and allow him to be inside.
Instead remind him that it is his privilege and not entitlement to be there,
4. Never Allow Your Dog To Initiate Play
If he is nudging you for attention or to start a game, you may think that it is cute and affectionate.
But what he’s really saying is he is the boss and telling you to play with him right now.
If he starts bothering you for attention, ignore him for a few moments: get up and do something else.
Wait until he has given up before initiating the play yourself.
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