When you’re taking your dog for a walk does he tug and pull and make you half run to the park? When you say “sit” does he give you that “there’s no way I’m going to do what you say” look? If the answer is “yes” then you need to learn how to train your dog. They are harmless and aid free ways to train your dog to listen to what you have to say to him.
There is one dog training technique which just may work for you and your dog. It’s called the “Nothing in life is free” technique. It basically works on the fact that nothing is free, your dog has to do something to get something in return. For example, if he wants food he has to remain seated until you make his dinner, or if you want to take him for a walk then he has to remain in one spot until you call him and put his leash and collar on. These training techniques all are based on the fact that your dog will realise to get what he wants he has to do what you are telling him to do.
What if he doesn’t do it? Walk away. Don’t shout at him or keep trying if he doesn’t listen just ignore him and walk away then about 5 minutes later go back and try again. He soon comes to realise that you are in charge and he has to do what you say to get what wants.
When dogs are born they usually have siblings and their mother is the “Leader of the pack”. When a young dog leaves his mother he starts to think that he is free and can do what he wants. When he first joins a family he starts to act dominant. He tries to be the leader of the house. You can’t let him gain this position, you need to show him through a proper training that humans are the head of your house, not the dog.
But he does not have to be aggressive to get what he wants. Sometimes dogs use the sympathetic approach using their puppy dog eyes. This is just another attempt at trying to get higher in the dominance hierarchy and you can’t let them get ahead of you.
When it comes to kids dog’s see them more as playmates than masters as children can get down to their height and play with them, but always under adult supervision. When your child gets to around the age of nine you can start to teach them to use dog training techniques so they can show the dog that when they ask him to do something he has to listen also to them, not just to you.
This dog training technique is extremely efficient and very simple to carry out, the training doesn’t even seem like training. It just requires repetition and you dog will soon catch on that nothing in life is free!