You love your cuddly canine companion, but he is more than a little stubborn at times. When it’s cold and raining outside, it takes a small army to convince him to get up and make the trip outside. It’s the same when you try and get him to follow obedience commands. When you teach him to lay down, he’s simply not interested most of the time, and there’s no telling him otherwise. His stubbornness is perhaps best apparent when you’re on walks. Getting him to heel is a nightmare, he pulls the whole way around the walk, no matter what you say or do. He’s got willpower, that’s for sure!
Training him to sit though could start to break his stubborn habit. If you can start with getting him to follow suit when it comes to basic commands, you may find it’s easier to get him to follow the more demanding commands later on.
While training a dog to sit is usually straightforward, it can be somewhat harder if he’s particularly stubborn. Thankfully, there is still hope. You simply need to find the right motivation. While any old dog treat may be an effective incentive for most dogs, your stubborn dog will need his absolute favorite food, be it cheese or chicken. If he’s young he should be eager to please and a quick learner. You may see results in just a couple of days. If he’s older with a lifetime of stubbornness under his belt then you may need up to a week before he sits on command regularly.
Succeed with this training and you’ll have the building blocks for a host of other obedience training. You can also use this command to have him sit and wait patiently for meals and before he goes out for walks.
Before you get to work you’ll need to gather a few items. The most important component will be food. You need to break his absolute favorite food into small chunks. Alternatively, also have his favorite toy to hand and a clicker.
You’ll need a few minutes each day to commit to training. Try and find a time where you and he won’t be distracted. Make sure you can practice in a quiet room, without noisy kids charging through.
Once you’ve got all of that, just bring patience and a positive attitude and you’re ready to get to work!