Activities For A Disobedient Dog

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Introduction

There can be nothing more frustrating than a disobedient dog. You love your doggo to bits, melt inside when you see their face and floppy ears, but then they completely snob your commands and run away. What's with that? It can be a challenge to not only avoid disobedient behavior, but find activities for a dog that tends to be a little on the stubborn side. Whether you have a young pup or a mature dog, you are sure to find these activity options below are more than ideal for a disobedient dog who needs a little time spent with them.

Recall

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Any Day
Free
Hard
10 min
Items needed
Treats
Long line leash
Activity description
One of the main reasons why someone would call their dog disobedient is because they don't come when you call them. Instead, they can often see you, register that you're there, then run off. How infuriating! Once you master recall techniques, however, you can master everything else. In any weather, you can work on your dog's recall in small, 10-minute sessions. While it's challenging, it's entirely necessary and stimulating for your furry friend. What's more, it doesn't cost a cent. All you need are attractive tidbits your dog will love as treats. You can then set about making our dog obedient!
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Logic
The first step is to understand why your dog is not coming back to you in the first place. Often, the reward for returning is not high enough. Think about what you used to do when your dog came back to you. Did you put them in a kennel? Tell them off? Was the fun over as soon as you called them back to you? As soon as your dog realizes that there is never anything good awaiting them upon their return, they may stop listening to you.
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Trigger word
It's important to remain consistent with your trigger word for getting your dog to return to you. Many dog owners use the word 'come' or 'get' or 'here.' Short, sharp, and to the point has a better effect. What's more, you need to pay attention to your tone. Make sure it's positive, full of energy, and consistent.
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Long line
To begin recall training, connect their long line to their leash and take them outside or into a wide open area in your home. Use your trigger word (positively) and if they don't come, pull them to you with the long line, rewarding them with a treat and a pat. Keep repeating this process until your dog will freely come to you. It's also important to call them to you randomly for various reasons. You can't always call them over to end their fun!
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
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Easy
1 hr
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Leash
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Activity description
One of the main reasons why dogs can be disobedient is because they are bored and irritated. Imagine being full of energy but not being able to do anything? That's why outdoor play is so important - especially for an active pup. Consider taking them for hour-long outings to the dog park. Here, they can let off steam, play with toys and other dogs, and deplete their energy resources. All you need is a leash, waste bag, and a toy. The best part is, a dog park doesn't cost a cent and can help your dog to become more social at the same time.
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Choose a park
A disobedient dog is going to need a very secure park, which is why it's important to look around. Imagine taking them to one with a hole in the fence, but you can't call them back? Pay attention to the perimeters and the dogs accessing it.
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Engage with them
When you get to the dog park, don't just supervise. Instead, try to get involved - especially if they are there on their own. Take the opportunity to bond with them, work on your recall, and even learn basic commands. Then, if other dogs become involved, you can let them play with a toy together and work on their social skills.
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Commands

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Normal
10 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
It's important as a dog owner to have full control over your furry friend, even if they are a disobedient dog! The best way to get your dog in line is by spending 10 minutes a few times a day working on basic commands. Sit and stay are going to be valuable skills over their lifetime, and don't cost a cent to learn! What's more, it's a free activity that will provide your pup with mental stimulation - which can be equally as tiring as physical exercise! All you need is a pocket full of delicious treats to get the process underway.
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Teach sit
Your dog is going to need to use the sit command throughout their life, so it's important to teach it to your dog young (or young-ish!). Have them stand in front of you and hold a treat about your waist height and a little over their head. Move it back over them and use your trigger word 'sit.' Every time they do what you ask of them, use positive praise and a treat to reaffirm the right behavior.
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Teach stay
Believe it or not, teaching your dog to stay is quite a challenging step. You need to make sure your pup's focus is on you, repeating the word 'stay' while pointing your palm out to your dog's chest. When your dog stays put for a few seconds, give them a treat and tell them how good they are. When they move before you move your hand, don't give them a treat. They will soon learn that staying put with your hand out and the trigger word 'stay' means they get something delicious!
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Swimming

If your dog's disobedience has a lot to do with boredom, then consider taking them for a swim. This high-energy activity is one that will zap up their resources, making them a bit more manageable at home. Additionally, if you take them to a flat lake or river, you can work on recall while you're there.

Obedience Training

If you don't think you're up to the task of teaching your dog to be more obedient, then it's okay to admit defeat and get professional help. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of expert knowledge to encourage motivation and desire to succeed. Your dog may also appreciate a fresh training approach and environment.

Conclusion

No matter how much you love your dog, it can be frustrating when they're disobedient and don't listen to you. Instead of putting up with it, do something about it. Get training underway, make sure they have fun every day, and give them all the love and attention they deserve.