This week I’ve had a consultation with a couple whose dog has been (in what most owners’ eyes would be considered to be) very naughty around the house. Doing things like:
Ripping things up
Running up and down the house
Jumping all over the furniture
Biting the furniture
Running and jumping up at them
I thought I would write an article about it
It’s not necessarily that your dog doesn’t know what you are asking them to do. It’s not necessarily even that they are choosing to ‘disobey’ you. Simply put if your dog isn’t doing what you are asking of them, it doesn’t feel that he/she
Disobedient, or just following his/her instincts?
Humanise it for a moment.
Many of the enquiries I receive come from owners wanting to stop their dog from being disobedient – and why wouldn’t they!? Who wants to put up with any of this:
Dog running off with things they shouldn’t have
Repeatedly jumping up on the bed or sofa
Dogs stealing food
Dogs not coming in from the garden when they are asked
Dogs repeatly jumping up at you (especially, big heavy dogs)