Activities For A Dog With Attitude

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Introduction

Even after our best efforts, our dogs can still decide to ignore all the training and behavioral exercises and start acting up, seemingly for no reason. However, even if you may wonder why your dog has suddenly got an attitude that can spoil a perfectly peaceful walk, there is always a good reason for their behavioral issues. Looking at the big picture will surely help you understand why your doggo is acting badly, and knowing the foundations will definitely be of assistance when coming up with a solution to the problem. 

Boredom Cure

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One of the main reasons for attitude issues is also the simplest one. When your dog is bored, they tend to act out in futile attempts to release the pent-up energy and frustration that comes with boredom. There is nothing worse than an idle mind, and as you get anxious, nervous, restless, and overall irritated when you have nothing to do, so does your dog. Mental stimulation is just as important as physical, so apart from going on long walks, you should include some brain games to keep your dog’s mind occupied and active. 

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Ring stackers
One of the easiest brain games you can play with your pup is ring stackers. This is a cheap and effective way to keep them busy and entertained. To make the game more fun, purchase rings of different sizes to provide a challenge. Teach your dog how to handle the rings and initiate a command as you instruct how to place the rings on the stand.
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Jumping rope
To train and stimulate your dog’s eye and body coordination, you can spend a day outside playing with a jumping rope. To make a successful jump, your dog will have to concentrate and think about their next move, which will surely eliminate the last signs of boredom. Patience is required as you begin by having your dog walk over the rope and gradually increase the height and movement.
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Consistent Instruction

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Instability in your dog’s life may be the reason for their bad attitude. Now, the situation does not have to be exceptionally dire for your dog to become confused and start acting up, although providing them with love and shelter will definitely help. If you are inconsistent with what is allowed and what is not, your pup can get confused, which can result in behavioral issues, as they are not sure whether what they are doing is making you happy or not. As an example, if you sometimes let them jump on you because you are wearing an old pair of sweatpants, but when you are dressed to the nines you scold them and punish them for jumping, just think – what kind of message are you sending? Your dog cannot tell the difference between an old hoodie and a sparkly dress, so introducing some consistency will help them improve their behavior as well. 

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Look within
Before you decide to get angry with your dog for doing something that is not allowed, you should first take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself – am I the reason my dog is acting up? If you are being inconsistent with what is allowed and what is not, how can your dog know when you will praise them and when you will get mad?
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Positive reinforcement
We all know by now that positive reinforcement and praise works so much better than punishment. So, when you are teaching your dog to stop doing something they’re not supposed to do, include a lot of praise, give them a treat, or a nice toy to reward good behavior.
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Greetings game
To apply the positivity and introduce some stability in your doggo's life, have a steady routine when it comes to greetings. Allow them to jump on you and always have a treat on hand to let them know that it is okay to be happy when you come home. Play with your dog in the hallway for a few minutes at least, and make sure to keep this consistent.
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Sass Control

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Finally, attitude issues may stem from a cause much more severe than simple boredom. Perhaps your dog has some unaddressed issues that are making them nervous, anxious, afraid, and overall cranky. Perhaps they were not treated right in the adoption center, or perhaps you were just not assertive enough in their critical period when they learned how to behave. However, nothing is lost as you can reverse some of the sass through positivity, interesting games, and some training that your dog lacks. Make them confident and keep them entertained, but don't forget to show them who the boss is, with love, care, and patience, of course. 

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What could it be?
Try to find out as much as you can about your dog's past. If they had a traumatic experience before they ended up in your household you need to address the issues and encourage them to be assertive, but also be cooperative, so your lives can be easier. Search online for lessons to work on, such as the "down" command. A submissive posture in a dog's mind, teaching them this useful command will also get them used to keeping their attitude in check.
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Learn new things
One way to cure the sassy attitude, especially due to the lack of training in their critical period of growing up, is to learn a new skill. By learning something they don't already know, your doggo can feel humility and realize that they are not the emperor of the world and that they, after all, need you just as much as you need them. Helping your dog to master a skill such as "leave it" will enable them to feel pride as well as stem the attitude of misbehavior.
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Steady Diet Wins the Race

If you suddenly change your dog’s diet, that can affect their stomach, which can result in poor behavior due to the sudden switch. If you are changing their food, make sure that it is of good quality and that it is similar to what they are used to.

Stick to the Routine

Drastic changes in your dog’s routine can affect their behavior and make them nervous, anxious, and moody. Moving can often do this, so make sure to be there for your dog and make the transition as easy as possible for them.

Conclusion

Behavioral issues can be mild or severe, but it is important to know that they are never caused by your dog’s will to annoy you, but by something they cannot control and something they cannot be faulted for. Whatever the problem is, you have to make sure that you are there for them, that you support them, and that you try to help them as much as you can, of course, always with love and patience.