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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!