you first bring that adorable puppy home you can envisage its funny
antics and see yourself smile when it runs around playfully with its
tail wagging. You can picture it growing up and becoming a family
member and always wanting to please you. Or taking it for long walks
and throwing a stick or ball for it to fetch may be something you
can see yourself doing in the future.
You may even imagine yourself
sitting next to the fire on a cold winter's night and your faithful
dog curled at your feet.
Hold that thought for a moment then consider what you probably
failed to see. Soiled carpets, ruined furniture, chewed slippers and
annoying barking are a few examples that may come to mind. Does that
puppy seem just as adorable now? Is the puppy at fault or have these
'terrible things' simply happened because of little or no training?
Well, these can often be difficult questions to answer.
If we assume that you have trained the puppy to the best of your
ability but it still remains stubbornly disobedient, there is a good
chance that you have a difficult puppy.
Like us, dogs have
individual personalities and some are more difficult than others to
train. Stubborn dogs are common amongst hounds and terriers but can
be present in any breed. The one example I can give you here is a
Cairn terrier that I once owned a number of years ago. His name was
Sandy and he was a great dog that I had the pleasure of owning
or rather knowing for
many years until he turned grey and passed away.
was very stubborn. If he didn't want to do something, he wouldn't do it
without objecting. I'm sure it became a game between us after a
while. His bed was in the hallway underneath the stairs and he
usually slept there quite happily. However, whenever we had company
or he was just being his stubborn self, he always growled when told
to go to bed. It was completely harmless and I guess it was just his
way of saying "OK, I'll go but I'm not happy about it."
Difficult puppies or dogs need confident and experienced owners or
trainers. Firmness, persistence and consistency are key to the
training of a difficult puppy. Commands should be given in a firm tone
and also accompanied with an authoritative body language. Look at
the puppy directly when you speak whether it is to chastise or
praise. Above all, never give in to the puppy. This will only make
it more difficult the next time you want it to obey a command.
If everything you try seems to fail, the best option may be to seek
professional advice. This is certainly advisable for some of the
bigger breeds and is a better option than abandoning the dog. Unless
you are concerned for yourself or your family's safety, before
considering something like this, you should check all alternative
Some behavioural issues have been found to be associated
with health problems or bad diet and these can often be helped or
sometimes resolved after an examination and advice from a good
veterinarian. In other cases, a reputable professional dog trainer
is the best solution.
Whatever you decide, never be cruel. And always remember that your
puppy or dog is a unique individual and is totally reliant on you. For
more information on difficult puppies and dogs and those with
problems you may want to look at
Secrets to Dog Training with comprehensive
information on the subject.