There comes a time in a dog owner’s life when their dog’s naughtiness can make them feel down. You start to look and observe your dog’s behavior, and instead of seeing them as cute, you start becoming irritated. In this article, we are going to talk about naughty dogs and how to handle them.
There are two important rules to remember when dealing with a naughty puppy. Dealing with difficult dog behaviors can feel so isolating and hard, but it doesn’t have to be.
Why puppies can be so naughty
A lot of the things that we consider naughty like constant disobedience and running away are pretty normal puppy behavior. This doesn’t mean you have to tolerate it for a long time. Don’t feel hopeless because this kind of behavior is something that every pet owner will deal with.
How to train your naughty puppy
When training a difficult puppy, it’s crucial to have a set of principles to follow. Instead of specific detailed instructions, let’s look at general rules you can stick to. This is because each dog has different qualities that affect the way they should be trained. However, these encompassing principles apply to all dogs.
Dog management principle
A lot of people make the mistake of training their dog in situations where there a lot of elements that are out of their control. For example, you can teach them the return command. Especially with a lot of distraction going on. This is why you need to remember the first principle. You must learn to manage your dog first before you try to train them.
You can’t teach your dog how to focus if you cannot manage the setting and condition your dog is in. This is why people buy a long lined harness. You need to manage the conditions to command your dog effectively.
In a situation when your dog is naughty, you must be prepared with an alternative command or strategy. It also helps if you can prevent your dog from receiving the triggers that will enable your dog’s bad behavior. For example, if you don’t want your dog to go bite your furniture, don’t let him anywhere near it.
The principle of taking the fall
For the second principle, you have to assume that it’s always your fault and never your dog’s. This can be a really tricky one to follow. Why is this the case? What if it’s actually the dog’s fault? Even after you spent a lot of time training them, right?
Well, let’s split dogs into two categories – those that are easy to train and those that take a long time to train. The fact still remains that dogs can be trained.
Often the problem isn’t your dog but the amount of distraction present when you are giving commands. Also, as long as a dog is being blamed, they are not being trained to correct alternative behavior. This is why owning up to your responsibilities as an owner is crucial.