Have you ever found yourself yelling, nagging, or even begging your dog to listen to you or follow your commands? If you’re like most dog owners, then you’ve been in this situation many times before, so you already know just how frustrating it can be!
However, if you’re patient and persistent, it can be easier than you think to have a well-behaved, obedient dog. With this in mind, here’s a few key principles to follow whenever you want your dog to listen to you with his utmost attention.
Tip 1 – Use positive reinforcement.
Taking advantage of ‘positive reinforcement conditioning’ is one of the most powerful techniques you can use for changing your dog’s behavior. Rather than punishing bad behavior or yelling at your dog when he misbehaves, it’s more effective to use praise and food treats to ‘reward’ the behavior you like, rather than punish the behavior you dislike.
Tip 2 – It’s all about timing.
For positive reinforcement to work, you need to be very careful with your timing. It’s important to give your dog plenty of praise when your dog behaves appropriately – and make sure it’s not delivered too soon, or too late.
For example, if you’re trying to house train your dog, you need to praise him whenever he relieves himself outside in a suitable area. On the other hand, if you were to punish or yell at him for reliving himself indoors several hours after you’ve discovered his accident, he will have no idea why you’re punishing him. In fact, this is one of the keys to training your dog to stop peeing in the house, too.
Tip 3 – The tone of your voice.
Dogs are very reliant on your tone when it comes to understanding what you’re saying. While they can’t understand your language or the specific words you use, they can be very receptive to the overall tone and sound of your voice. You can use this to your advantage in many ways.
For example, if you want to captivate his attention, try to use a friendly, enthusiastic tone. This will help to hold is attention, and it’s particularly useful for distracting him from undesirable behavior as well.
Alternatively, whenever you want him to know you mean business, you can use a deep, stern tonality to display your dominance and leadership.
Tip 4 – Be patient and persistent.
While it may sound a little cliché, patience and persistence go a very long way when it comes to getting your dog to listen to you. If you lose your patience, it’s all too easy to give up or get frustrated, but this won’t help you communicate any better with your dog. Additionally, being persistent is vital because it can take time for your dog to understand what you want from him. But if you stick with it, you’re sure to see great results within just a few weeks – so it’s really worth the effort.
To summarize, learning how to get your dog to listen to you can take some practice, but it’s a skill that’s definitely worth mastering. If you use positive reinforcement, be mindful of how you time his rewards, and control your tonality – you’ll be shocked and delighted by how differently your dog will respond to you. What’s more, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how quickly his behavior will change.