Have you reviewed educational guides, attended dog school courses and done everything that was recommended to you? Your dog still don’t care about you?
New start for dog and human
If your dog constantly wants to get his head through and your attempts to bring up children have had no effect, the relationship between you and your four-legged friend has gone wrong. In any case, you should end this power struggle very quickly and try to restart.
Lesson 1: Come on command
You grab your dog’s favorite toy or treat. Call him. Make sure that it doesn’t sound like a rude command, but like a promising offer. When he comes, he gets the treat or the toy. But just a treat or the toy for just a minute, then the pleasure ends and you devote yourself to other things. Important: Only perform this exercise at home and call it a maximum of five times a day. And the beloved toy or the longed-for treat is only available when the dog is shot at the lightning-fast on the (surely long awaited!) Call. If he does so, you can go one step further and add another task: sit for example, or place or stay.
Lesson 2: Educational Walks
It won’t take a week and your dog will be a model of obedience at home. You will love him and he will do his best for you. Now you start with lesson two: the educational walks. Show the dog toys and treats and put them in. Find a quiet area and take the dog off the leash. As soon as he moves away from you a little, your “call back” takes place again. As soon as the dog is there, let him do one of the mini tasks and then give him the treat. Then just keep going. After a minute or two you call him again, this time he gets his toy for a moment. And so it goes on and on. The intervals between free running and reputation should be irregular and may become longer and longer.
Lesson 3: The “normal” walk
If that works, you can try the real thing: a “normal” walk, including a meeting with dogs, cyclists and joggers. Call before he rushes off to start chasing anyone – as difficult as it is for you at the moment – again enticing and by no means hysterical. It probably works, he turns and comes. Now there is the reward as usual, but also a little cheering and admiration, your dog really deserves it. What if it doesn’t work or if he “relapses”? Then take a deep breath, count to 10 and pretend that you never called. And go back to “Go”: home, practice.