How To Gain Your Dog’s Respect!
Most dogs will readily give their owners unconditional love. However, earning your dog’s respect will not happen automatically. So while your dog may show you a lot of affection, it may still have problematic behaviours such as chewing up furniture and clothes, over-excitedly jumping up at you or your guests when they arrive, or even not obeying commands.
Dog training experts know that these behaviours occur because of a lack of respect. That is not to say that your dog is intentionally disrespecting you; it merely means that the dog treats you as an equal. Here’s how to earn your dog’s respect.
Establish Your Authority
Unless your dog sees you as the pack leader, the Alpha, it’s going to treat you as an equal. To most people, that sounds fine because dogs are man’s best friend, after all. However, dogs are not interested in having equal status in the relationship as humans might believe. And only a small minority of dogs are born to be leaders of a pack.
When your dog seems to defy your rules and not respect your territory, it’s often because it’s not clear what you want. So the dog keeps testing you until you act like a leader. The right way to respond to these tests is to step in and provide correction and discipline through dog training. But many dog owners fail to do so because they’re afraid to alienate their dog.
End the Vicious Cycle
The feedback loop of the dog pushing the limits and the human becoming increasingly frustrated becomes a vicious cycle. Many dog owners may get angrier at the dog and begin yelling rather than establishing boundaries and giving the dog rules. Yelling may stop the dog momentarily, but it doesn’t prevent them from repeating the unwanted behaviour.
Without strong leadership, the dog lacks purpose and a sense of belonging to a pack. This situation frustrates the dog and leads to problematic behaviours. Gain your dog’s respect by displaying leadership.
Stay Calm, Be Assertive and Set Boundaries
Building trust is essential for establishing your alpha status. You inspire confidence by being calmly assertive when addressing your dog. The calmness is a signal that the dog should not be nervous or anxious, and the assertiveness shows you’re in control. Dogs instinctively trust owners who display these two qualities.
Your dog also expects its trustworthy leader to provide direction and protection. Once you’ve gained your dog’s trust, you can start setting limitations, boundaries, and rules. Teach your dog what behaviours are allowed and what areas it should or should not access. After building trust and establishing good rules though proper dog training, you’ll begin to notice improvements in your dog’s behaviour.
What many inexperienced dog owners think, is that their dog won’t love them when they teach it good discipline (equating discipline with cruelty). Training your dog to be well-behaved, improves your overall experience with the dog, and thus allowing for your relationship to grow and evolve on the foundation of positive interactions.