Does your dog obey you?

India
December 31, 2007 10:21pm CST
Mine don't! :( They used to when they were pups. But now, they are slightly grown up and have learnt 'human' ways. They seem too human to me--the way they blackmail us emotionally, disobey and play around. I guess they need a little training. Umm, have I spoilt them? How do you get a dog to 'obey' you?
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• United States
1 Jan 08
First comes Love. Lots of love. But when telling them "down" or "Sit" or "no" it must be as a command. Not as a request; your voice must mean business. Then when they do what you want, praise praise praise. Especially important to have an obedient dog if it is a large dog and jumps on people, a no-no. Obedience to me means that my dog comes when I call it. When the dog walks beside me, it is always on my left side, and at heal. The dog does not pull on the lease. It must sit, (and it's bottom stays down) until I release with a word, or call it's name. The dog should not barrel into the individual pouring it's food into it's bowl. It should wait until the command word is given to proceed. If you need specific instructions with any of these particular problems, I would be glad to share how we handled the experience with our dogs. Hard won difficult experience, and painfully endured.
• India
1 Jan 08
Oh my gosh, can you really get a dog to do all that? How? I will be really glad to learn a few tips on training a dog. Mine has begun playing with me. It is about time I teach her who is dog and how is human.. LOL
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• United States
1 Jan 08
My dog is a black lab, and we love her. She has a very strong desire to please. That helps. One of the first things that can be taught a puppy is not to barrel into the individual who is putting out the food or water. To sit until you've poured it's food or water, and only to come forward when it's called to her bowl. Sometimes it takes two people at the beginning: the food preparer, and another to push your sweeties bottom to the floor and say 'sit'. Might have to hold her there until she gets the idea. Once the food or water is put out, The pourer (or feeder) should give the 'release' word. We use 'OK'- meaning now it is ok to come and get it! It is important to do this every single time that mealtime comes. Repetition is really important to these little guys - eventually they will do it automatically. Ours is seven now, and she does this quite easily. Is there another specific problem? Perhaps we've have had it with our dog as well?
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• India
1 Jan 08
Thanks a lot for that tip! It really looks like it would work. My little Tina has become quite self-willed. She refuses to come when called, unless I have a platter of food in my hands. Any good idea to make her come running to me when I want to brush her or anything else?
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Some dogs are just stubborn. Like mine is. She's a year and 1/2 old. And hard headed. we are still training her. Not getting very far.So you are not alone. I'll have to let you know if my dog starts to obey. She may also be spoiled. Who knows? On the whole though, she is a good dog.
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• India
1 Jan 08
You are right! However naughty they are, they are still loveable! Yet, I want to discipline my little tramps a bit. :)
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Our dogs (and cats actually LOL) DO listen to me BUT I'm the one who spends the most time with them so its no wonder that they don't listen AS WELL to anyone else in the house...How did I get them to obey me? Just by being consistant really...much like you'd be with a toddler...
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• Malta
1 Jan 08
My 2 boxers only obey when I have a piece of meat in my hand or when I make the angry tone in my voice. If I talk to them sweetly, you would think they are deaf. They do not even look at me, let alone obey. They have been like this from when they were puppies and I am sure I trained them well. I think that the breed is simply stubborn or silly maybe.
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@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
1 Jan 08
Sounds like they've learned to try and have gotten away with it before, so now they try even harder to get what they are used to. Those dogs don't see you as the leader, they are. The key is to not give in. You need to be in charge, not the dogs. A dog that has access to everything he values by himself doesn't respect the human owner and is less likely to listen. Look up the NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free) program. My dog listens to me all the time, cause he knows if he wants a treat, food, go outside, get playtime, he'll have to come to me and 'ask' for it. Of course it means that the dog has its basic commands down (sit, down, stay, paw, come, etc), so you may want to look into basic obedience training classes or otherwise find out how to train a dog. Training a dog isn't something you do for a few days or a few weeks, it should continue throughout the dog's life every day. I have 2-3 training sessions 5 minutes each every day with my dog.
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• United States
1 Jan 08
I have 2 dogs and they will listen to me when they want to listen. Most of the time they are both stubborn and want things their way. I didn't have either of mine when they were puppies so not sure about it on that aspect. Mine are good dogs just have a mind of their own.
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@janet66 (53)
• China
1 Jan 08
I have no experience to raise a dog.Actually it must spend a lot of time on the dog.But i need work ,i have no extra time to take care of him.If you don't have enough time to care about him,he will be pity.
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@dianne17k (600)
• Philippines
1 Jan 08
My dog never obeys me. Yeah my dog is wuite the blackmailer! LOL. He knows I can't resist him so he continues disobeying me... I have to admit... I spoiled mine a little too much. I guess we have to be firm in discipling our dogs otherwise they will never obey us.
• Finland
1 Jan 08
Discipline doesn't mean you can't spoil the dog though. Mine is very spoiled, much more so than he should be, but he will still listen to me because he knows I'm the leader and not him. As long as the dog needs you to get the things he values most from, he'll listen to you and consider you as his leader. Just have to be consistent with what you demand from him.
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• Philippines
3 Jan 08
well not all the time
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• Canada
2 Jan 08
my dog i did have didnt obey me too much at all!!
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• Philippines
2 Jan 08
Dog - A kind dog.
My dogs are not hi-bred, they are but ordinary dogs here in the Philippines. But they obey me, they are not loose, they are tied for they might bite other people. I am living alone and only cats and dogs are my companions.
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@janet069 (663)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Are you kidding me? Dogs obey? I have three and they all do as they please. Probably my fault, they are my kids now since mine have grown up and left the nest. I took one of my dogs to obedience school and he did great while we were there. The only problem is, they are not like children and you have to work with them everyday so that they don't forget. They are smart enough to know which buttons to push though.
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