Four Legged Scholars LLC – Obedience – Salt Lake City
Are you struggling with a dog that is stubborn? We know how frustrating this can be. We assure you that we can help you.
It doesn’t start with obedience. Salt Lake City dog trainers generally start with focusing on the “bad behavior.”
I want to start with a personal experience of “listening”. My daughter, Iris, is now 4 years old. She struggles at times with feeling her emotions in a healthy manner and sometimes hits me, slams the door etc.
The other day she was so upset that she yelled, hit me, ran upstairs and slammed her bedroom door. I knocked on the door and said calmly “what are you so upset about?”
She was struggling with the words at age 4. After asking a few questions and putting myself in her shoes, I was able to determine that she didn’t want to go daycare and wanted to play with grandma and grandpa.
Even though I couldn’t grant her this wish, I was able to full hear what she had to say. We than came up with some ways that daycare could be fun.
Before I knew it she was off and ready to go. Of course we discussed more appropriate ways to feel her emotions as well.
My daughter isn’t just going to stopped hitting me or slamming the door just because I tell her “stop it!”.
Her behavior will change once she feels heard and her emotions are honored. Once she feels heard and calms down then she can hear what I have to say about her behavior.
Dogs are the same way. You have to look at the whole picture. If your dog jumps on and you say “no.” You haven’t listened, and it will be harder to change their behavior.
If you understand that your dog is communicating that he wants attention and exercise you have somewhere to start. Eventually, you will be on your way to obedience. Salt Lake City will become a more peaceful place for the both of you.
When you have fully heard your dog’s needs and met them, he will begin to listen to you. To change the jumping behavior you can take your dog out and exercise him more.
Then you give your dog more attention when he is NOT jumping on you such as when he is calm and sitting.
Just focusing on the bad behavior will get you nowhere. You will struggle with your dog or child and constantly fight. Trust will be broken as well.
So remember to listen. From there you can create “good” obedience. Salt Lake City friends will be impressed on how your dog now listens to you every time because you listened to him.
Johanna Teresi, Salt Lake City Obedience Trainer, Four Legged Scholars LLC, Obedience, Salt Lake City
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