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Help! My Dog is Stubborn. How Can I Get My Dog to Listen? – Dog Training – Utah

Intermediate Dog training, Salt Lake City, Utah

Are you struggling with a stubborn dog? Are you stuck in not being able to create your dog to listen? We assure you that you can get your dog to listen. Lets help you with dog training. Salt Lake City is the home for many dog owners that have felt like you, and we helped them. We can help you too.

A huge success in your dog training depends on your thoughts. Your perception of a situation creates your reality. Another way of phrasing this is what you think can become your reality.

Let’s start with an example in my life. I am super prone to have a story that people don’t want to support me or are against me. I have had many experiences childhood that reinforced this story for me. I still do things to reinforce this and make it true. I asked my mom to help me with my daughter. She didn’t understand or do exactly what I was wanting. I then created a perception in my mind that she wasn’t being supportive. I noticed that I felt angry. Then we begin fighting, and she walked away. Bingo support had left, and I was alone. So I proved the story to be true. I really didn’t have support.

Let’s look at this in a new light. What if I changed my perception to seeing that my mom does want to support / help me? When she doesn’t do exactly what I expect how could I react differently? I could explain to her what I am doing and enroll her to help me. If I came across friendly she probably would have stayed and help me. New story. Support came and stayed.

So what exactly does this have to do with dog training? Salt Lake City has many dog owners that create stories about their dogs. When you create a story and make it true, your actions and thoughts reinforce the story. As a result, dog training becomes more challenging. What are some stories that you have created about your dog? What are things that you do that make these stories true?

Below are some examples of stories and how you might reinforce them to be true.

My dog is stubborn. You ask your dog to do a command and your dog doesn’t listen. Now you say “yep, look my dog is not obedient and is stubborn”.

My dog never listens to me. Your dog doesn’t listen to your command and you again believe that your dog never listens to you.

My dog is bossy. You are sitting at the dinner table and he grabs food off the table. You haven’t taught your dog a new behavior, so he keeps eating the food at the table. You then really believe that your dog is bossy.

The list goes on and on. What I am hoping is to create a shift in your dog training. Salt Lake City is made up of many conscious modalities including Reiki, Yoga, Life Coaches etc. By applying these modalities you can create more awareness around your thoughts. When you choose a different story or create a different meaning then your thoughts and actions in turn change.

Here is an example from one of the above. You have a thought that your dog is stubborn. You question the meaning of this thought. Instead, you choose to wonder about how to be a team with your dog and how get your dog to listen. You get treats out and reward your dog for performing behaviors that you want him to do more often. You also think about how you can communicate more clearly to your dog so that he understands what you want him to do. Bingo you have power now!  You have transformed dog training. Salt Lake City dog owners will be impressed when they see how your dog acts differently now and actually does listen to you!

We specialize in helping people gain awareness on how their thoughts affect their success with dog training. Salt Lake City is a great place to get support from us. Please contact us for a private dog training session if you would like to receive support from us.

We want to hear from you in a comment below.

What stories and meanings have you created about your dog? How can you change your thoughts to create a dog that actually listens to you?


Johanna Teresi, Professional Dog Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training, Salt Lake City, Utah


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