Dog training can be tough with certain dogs, and to these dogs, commands such as ‘sit!’ and ‘stay!’ mean absolutely nothing. It’s not that these dogs are bad, they’re just typically stubborn and hard to teach. Training these dogs can be a real challenge, but getting it done will be the best thing you ever did for the both of you! Some breeds are hard to get through to, and these are generally placed under the classifications of Hounds and Terriers. We aren’t saying that these are the only dogs that are difficult to teach, but they definitely rest on the top of the chart. Here are a few easy dog training tips for the more difficult breeds.
Persistence is always a necessity in training. Especially with more difficult breeds, training can become a contest between you and your dog. An example of this would be if you told your dog to sit and he refused. If you give up, he wins, and getting him to sit the next time will be even harder. Because of this, persistence is always key in training your dog, because you are in charge!
When you command your dog to do something, MEAN IT! When you say sit, he should know that you are commanding him to do something. We aren’t saying to do this in a mean way, but demonstrating a strong clear voice will show great authority. This also holds true with your body language. When you give a command, you should never look like you are questioning your actions or the dogs actions. If you have a particularly stubborn dog, it is best to train them while they are on a leash, that way when you say sit, they can’t just walk away and ignore you. If they try to walk away or ignore you, jerk them back and say no(With authority!).
Total Dog has always been a big fan of praising your dog. When your dog does something right, even if it is just getting them to pay attention to you, praise them like there’s no tomorrow. Showing your dog your full appreciation will help them understand that you love them and want to help them! Positive reinforcement is always a good idea when training your dog, and praise will help you teach them through love instead of just commands.
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