The training of stubborn or hard-headed dogs can be a major problem and requires great perseverance. On the other hand, for the most owners and even professional trainers, the teaching of stubborn dogs is a great challenge. Interaction with stubborn dogs looks like you are hanging out with stubborn people. Constantly they let you know “I know better”!
Whether your dog is stubborn?
The main causes of the stubbornness of dogs are: characteristic of the breed, a character that was created during childhood and giving confusing commands.
Some breeds such as Beagle, Akita, English Bulldog, Dachshund and Jack Russell Terrier are more stubbornness than others. Do not forget that some breeds favored stubbornness by selection as a desirable characteristic.
One of the most common causes of stubbornness is actually giving confusing commands during the training. The owner or trainer gives confusing commands and dog does not understand what he wants him to do
It is interesting that according to some behaviorist’s opinion dogs aren’t stubborn or hardheaded. According to this, the owners are guilty of this understanding of dogs and stubbornness are giving human qualities to your dog (called anthropomorphizing). To the contrary, they’re quite smart when it comes to figuring out how to get their way.
What could be the solution?
Training stubborn dog requires more patience than training other dogs, but nothing is an impossible mission. First of all, is giving him the positive reinforcement. Your commands must be clear and your dog needs to understand what is expected of him.
If you are sure that the dog understands you, and that does not respond to commands due to his stubbornness, you can start using the electronic collar. Place the collar with the receiver on his neck and when he starts to ignore your command or run away, use sound or vibration mode to warning him. If he ignores these signs, use electrostimulation, starting from a lower to a higher level. Take care that this stimulation (sound, vibration or electrostimulation) does not cause even more confusion for the dog. So it is very important to use a CLEARLY and AUTHORITATIVELY verbal command before stimulation and be sure that the dog understands it.
When a dog doesn’t readily respond to the training collar, he’s all too quickly labeled as stubborn or stupid. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s the trainer’s responsibility to select the right training equipment so that the dog does respond.