To Treat a Stubborn Dog Is Impossible?


Stubborn dog - BeaglePaige says:

“I have a Beagle named Boots. She has a mind of her own. She knows that she is not supposed to get on the couch, or even leave the kitchen, but she does anyway. She is an one-year-old, quite stubborn dog. How can I teach her to stay in the kitchen?”

“When Boots leaves the kitchen we yell at her, and when she is on the couch, and somebody sees her there, she rolls over on her back. When my father saw Boots on the couch, my father smacked her and she ran into the kitchen.”

Of course, I’ve met the so-called stubborn dog in many cases during my long dog keeping practice. I’ve to say, similarly you can find obstinate humans in life. They all possess their own individuality. And this applies to dogs as well.

A Story of a Stubborn Dog

It happened that I trained a hunting dog many years ago. Babe was a three years’ Beagle and so damn waggish that she just decided to avoid performing certain commands if she felt like that. She did everything I said until she became stubborn.

For example, I trained her to shake in ten minutes, and she performed that several times. Then Babe changed her mind and only lifted her first leg half-way up and next put down to the ground. And she stared at me with grinning countenance.

Babe was so willful sometimes as if she had been the leader of the pack or the ‘alpha’. As you know, the leader of the dog pack in wild expects and receives submission from other species within the group. Of course, it couldn’t go on – I had to show her who’s the boss.

The Solution

I had to show her that I’m in the charge, and she must respect me. Of course, this didn’t imply that I punished Babe or treated her rude manner. Not at all. I only educated her with body language and voice, to know who is the authority.

I applied a firm voice in our ‘conversation.’ When talked to her, I didn’t bend over her but stood up straight. Similarly, I didn’t get down her level even I praise Babe because she fulfilled my orders.

When the feeding time came, or I gave treat or petted her, I gave the Sit command before. If she sat down, she got the meal or praise. Of course, Babe received caressing when I wanted to do, and not when she demanded.

Plus, I eliminated the tug-of-war game from our mutual fun time. Furthermore, I didn’t make wrestling game with her. These steps were necessary, because such games might awaken her feeling the chance of physical domination over me.

My Answer to Paige

Unfortunately, the way you are handling the situation is not the best choice. For starters, I personally feel that any family that truly wants a dog should allow the dog to be a member within the family. This includes allowing her to share the home – all of it – including the living room.

Keeping the dog off the furniture would be no problem simply by changing the tones of your voice. A firm “NO!” each time the dog attempted to jump on the sofa – followed by a rewarding pat upon the head and a “good dog” – will get the point across provided you are consistent.

Punching the stubborn dog has caused a behavior change, of course. But, not the behavior change you wanted originally. Now the dog fears father, and rolls onto her back in total and complete submission. Striking a dog for such misdemeanors simply creates more problems than it solves.

All the best,

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