Activities For Stubborn Dogs

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Introduction

Just like people, dogs can be very stubborn. If you are the proud owner of a stubborn dog, then you know how difficult it can be to get your dog to do, well, anything. However, there's no doubt that you still love your pup and want them to fill their days with fun activities…that is, activities that they want to do! Here are a few fun things that you and your stubborn dog can do together or that you can set up for your dog to do alone.

Training

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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Stubborn dogs most likely show their tenacious personalities when you are trying to train them or instruct them to do anything. One way to help curb this puppy persistence is through training. Teaching your dog a new trick and consistently showing them that you are in charge will not only benefit the relationship between you and your dog but it is also something that the two of you can do together. Training can be fun! Even the most stubborn dog will enjoy learning something new and especially enjoy being rewarded with treats when they do a great job listening! Training is an all around win!

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Tricks
Pick a trick or behavior that you would like to teach your stubborn dog. Start with something simple that will be easy to teach but will also be useful in your everyday life. For example, sit or lie down are two standard tricks that even the most stubborn dog should be able to master.
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Treats
Grab your dog's favorite treats and go to a place where there are few distractions. Even the most obedient dog will have a hard time concentrating if there is a lot going on around them. Limited noise, limited motion and an area with no toys is best for training a stubborn pup.
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Commands
Say your command and have your dog do what you are asking (for example, help them to sit or lie down if that is the trick). Give your pup a treat reward and then, do the trick again. Repeat this process numerous times until your dog has learned the trick. This can take a few hours, days, weeks or, for the most stubborn dog, months. They will learn however, and you will both be elated!
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Energy Release

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1 hr
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Collar
Ball
Activity description

Some dogs who are perceived as being stubborn may just be full of pent up energy.  For example, you may think your dog constantly pulls on the leash when out for walks because they are stubborn but they could just be really excited and ready to go, go, go! If this is the case or you think that this might be the solution to your dog's stubbornness, then this activity is for you! Releasing your dog's energy is actually easy and takes very little time, it just requires you to spend some time with your pup on a regular basis - that's not hard at all!

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Pick the play
Decide what high energy activity your dog would like best. Does your pup love playing fetch? Are they avid swimmers? Or maybe your dog just likes to run free, unleashed through a field. Whatever your dog's preference for fun, plan that activity multiple times a week.
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Plan it
Schedule a block of time to help your dog release their energy and play with you doing their favorite activity. If you need to go to a park, go! If you can play in your back yard, stay home and open the door to go outside. Whatever you choose, make sure you are there to participate with your dog.
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Play!
Throw the ball, chase your stubborn dog or jump in the water alongside your pooch. Keep your dog excited and actively moving. The key here is that your dog is getting exercise and keeping their heart rate up. You playing alongside them also shows that you are there and in charge, not your dog! Keep that pup moving for as long as you'd like, the longer the better. Hopefully you will wear out some of those stubborn tendencies!
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Treat Bottle

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30 min
Items needed
Empty Bottle
Treats
Activity description

There are many treat puzzles and games that you can purchase for your pup but before you invest any money, give this treat in a bottle game a try. This is the perfect game for a stubborn pup as it teaches them that they may have to work for the things they want. Yes, they will be able to see their favorite treats but it may not be as easy as eating them out of a doggy dish. Your dog will have to put their stubborn behaviors aside to earn their reward and, in the meantime, they will be getting a little exercise while they try for their food. This is also a perfect game to set up for your dog while they are home alone to keep them entertained. 

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Make it
Grab a clear plastic bottle and your dog's favorite treats. Make sure the bottle is clean and remove any labels from the outside. The larger the bottle, the better as it will be more of a challenge to get the treats out of a large bottle with a small hole ( A standard water bottle is a little too easy!)
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Get excited
Fill the clean bottle with your dog's favorite treats. Give the bottle a good shake so that your dog hears a familiar sound (the sound of their favorite food) and comes running to see what you have. Show your pup the bottle of treats and get them excited to play and also to eat.
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Get those treats!
Place the bottle on the floor for your dog and watch as they roll it, toss it and frantically try to get at the treats. Your stubborn pup may seem irritated at first but once they figure out how to retrieve their snack, they will be elated. Working for their food is a skill every stubborn pup should learn.
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Mat relax

Teach your dog that they have their own 'area' or mat where they need to sit and relax. Your dog is only allowed to leave the mat when you say it's okay - a good trick to train a stubborn pup when you are teaching your role as the person in charge.

Treat Path

If your dog frequently does not come when called as many stubborn dogs do, make a path with treats that will lead them to where you would like them to go. It's like following a trail of breadcrumbs!

Conclusion

While your dog may be stubborn at heart, there are many games that you can play to cater to them or even games that can help them be a little less stubborn. No matter your dog's personality, you always want them to live a fun and happy life and these activities are a great place to begin on the path toward achieving that goal. So get your pooch, grab the items you need to play and help your stubborn pup have a little fun - you know you will enjoy yourself too!