The Most Common Mistakes Dog Owners Do 3

Hello Again!

Dog owners allow jumping upI think I’m right when I say the majority of dog owners want to get to the point in dog training where their animal is obedient always, happy to learn, do not fight, knows and performs basic commands. In the two previous parts of this series, I dealt with misconceptions here and here that would impede the success of training your dog on your own if you apply those. Now, you will hear about additional ones, firstly:

My Dog Doesn’t Allowed to Jump Up On My Suit, Unless Sweat Suit

My Friend, this is wrong, totally!


Your dog is not a human being, even if sometimes you think s/he behaves like that way. Therefore, it cannot distinguish between the old sweat suit and the expensive evening clothing.

What follows from this?

If you let him jump up at you at one occasion, however, you punish him for the same reason at another time, your four-legged friend will get confused and call into question your suitability of the pack leader.

So, if you don’t want your dog to jump up on you, you should definitely dis-habituate his behavior with strict consistency. Otherwise, you can say good-bye to your best piece of clothing.

I repeat once again: under no circumstances, can we expect from our dogs to distinguish between cheap and expensive clothes. By the way, this is a kind of anthropomorphism (when dog owners grant their dogs human properties), which should be avoided by all means.

Dog Owners Think: My Dog Is Blocked From the Couch

This is the next avoidable mistake. My Friend, your dog will not think of it himself, that he is the boss in the house just because sometimes lying on the couch. You may let him up to your bed if you wish.

Of course, this is a great grace you may give. This may actually trigger from some animals the feeling of “everything is allowed to me already.” This is important; especially, your dog only allowed lying on the couch or in bed, if you order to do so.

Moreover, s/he also must leave the comfortable couch or your bed if gets such a command. So, you can allow your dog to rest on the couch or on the bed, but shouldn’t view it as their territorial jurisdiction.

Otherwise, it might happen that the dog prevents the owner or the guests to use the furniture properly.

By Pressing Our Dog On the Floor, We’ll Show Him Who’s the Boss

Declaring the dominance this way in the field of dog training is a past. A confident pack leader acts calmly and firmly. You don’t have to flaunt your strength ever, especially not with raw violence.

The same situation can be observed within the wolf pack: the alpha male shouldn’t have to strengthen his natural authority with continuous aggression. Rather he will do that with showing signals of his dignity and sturdiness.

It’s much more useful if we show towards our dogs with a clear, thoughtful and consistent behavior how they should adapt to us.

It follows from this that those dog owners who can make themselves understood with their dog only by violent means, should build up the obviously lacking emotional bond to their canines at first.

Best of luck,

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than seven decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow