Stubborn Dog? Ways to Teach Your Dog the Right Manners
By Laura McElroy

Dogs need training from an early stage to remain calm and understand human expectations. Understand that a dog’s life-cycle is much shorter than human life, and it goes through all emotions a human passes in their 70 or 80-year life in just 10 to 12 years. 

From teething to teenage hormonal rush and mid-age crisis, dogs experience various bouts of emotions as they mature. Even the most trained dogs can become stubborn at a certain age, and providing them constant training will ensure they start to become obedient eventually.

Reinforce good behavior with treats

Reinforce obedience with treats rather than punishing for misbehavior, which will agitate the dog further. If the dog obeys a command, give them a natural, low-fat treat, and if it misbehaves, show them the dog treat and put it back in your pocket. 

According to, activities like a dog eating pine cones, drinking bleach, pushing things down are natural in the first few months as puppies are very energetic and curious. Try to divert their attention into other things that make them tired, like using a dog puzzle bowl to eat, letting them swim in the pool, and run around the block or park every day. 

Assign a special place

Assign it a special place for the dog to sleep, play, eat, and do not disturb the dog when it is there. The dog will eventually understand the rest of the house belongs to humans, and he is the master of only his corner. 

Try to place all the puppy related things in this corner to enhance this feeling. Dogs will stop meddling with things that are in the human territory as they become adults. Dogs will slowly understand this fact in a few months or a year if the owners train them regularly to use the assigned corner. 

Train as a family 

Be consistent in training using similar words, tone of voice, giving rewards. Involve all the family members in dog training and agree on acceptable behaviors and non-acceptable behaviors. For example, all the family members should give the dog its toy if it sits and waits patiently for a minute or two.

They should not relent to jumping or snatching from the kid’s hands or push the owner to get the toy. All family members should condemn such activities sternly with an assertive tone. If one member does not mind the dog acting up, the other punishes, and the third one tries to train it with soothing words, the dog will get confused. 

Have patience and always stay calm

Dog trainers stress repetition as they get used to doing great things like finding bombs through repeated training. Domestic dogs can listen and understand commands the owners give, and they choose to act deaf because of stubbornness. 

Differentiate between assertive and calm voices and avoid shouting at the dogs as it will scare them further. Keep giving the commands repeatedly until they listen and praise them if they finally relent and give treats if they obey immediately. 

Seek professional training 

Puppies tend to chew when they start teething, and all dogs act up when they reach 8 or 9 months because it is their teenage. The owner must give their puppy plenty of safe chew toys and keep cord-like items away from the dog’s reach. Send the dog to professional trainers for six months or one year when they reach eight months. 

During this period, the training will imbibe in their brain strongly and keep them obedient, though they won’t respond much until the pre-teen and teen phase pass. 

Spaying them or breeding them during this period will help calm them down enormously. The dog owners should neither quit training nor deem their dog stubborn, judging them at this stage.



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