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Solving the Issue of Dog Saying No

It’s not common to see your dog saying “no” by disobeying your commands, and it can catch you off guard when it does happen. Dogs usually have a reason for refusing to follow commands, as we discussed in a previous article. This time, we’ll focus on ways that owners can address this issue. Although the best solution may vary depending on your situation, the general approaches outlined below should be helpful.

The Collaborative Approach

Dealing with an dog or puppy saying “no” requires a team effort. It’s important to work with others because many of the reasons for disobedience are beyond your control. For example, your pet may be sick and won’t respond to your commands. In this case, a vet visit is necessary to get them back to their obedient self. If the issue is related to improper training, it’s best to seek help from a professional trainer. A behavior specialist can also be beneficial for dogs who are fearful or reactive to particular things. If your pet is distracted, helping them focus by using their name first or removing the source of distraction can help regain their attention. Working together is key to resolving obedience issues.

The Social Approach

Have you observed that when there are unfamiliar people around, your dog tends to ignore your commands? This behavior is quite common and can be challenging to deal with. However, shielding your pet from strangers all the time is not a viable solution. Instead, you can socialize your dog or puppy to help them overcome this issue. Don’t forget to include children as well as adults.
If your pet has already displayed uneasiness while being around kids, the American Kennel Club recommends socializing them in parks. That way, your dog can gradually adjust to the strangers around them. Continue practicing until your dog displays enthusiasm towards meeting other people. Motivate them to engage more with individuals by providing treats as a reward.

Avoid Coercive Approaches

It is unfortunate that some pet owners resort to using force when their dog ignores them. However, using force is not effective in getting your pet to obey your commands. This approach may only confuse, scare, or harm your pet without them understanding what they did wrong. It is best to avoid using force to correct your pet’s disobedience. Instead, there are various proper approaches that you can use to address your dog’s disobedience and get them to respond to your commands again.

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