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May 19, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

It can get really frustrating when dogs do not seem to be listening to you. Not only that, it may also be dangerous when your dogs do not listen to you.

Communicating with your dog and getting him to listen to you is important in keeping your dog out of trouble and in keeping you sane by helping you manage problematic behaviors.

Here are 5 tips to get dogs to listen to you:

1) Use clear and simple cues.

Maybe the reason why your dog does not seem to listen to you is because in the first place, he does not understand the complicated cues you say or give. A clear and simple cue involves learned verbal commands coupled with the right body language. Sometimes, the reason why they are not picking up and grasping what we are communicating, is because our body language does not match the words that come out of our mouth. This is why it is crucial to also be conscious with your body language that couples your verbal commands.

2) Review verbal commands and practice.

Another reason why dogs do not seem to be listening to you is they may have forgotten the commands, behaviors, or tricks that they were taught in training. They have unfortunately forgotten, because they were not able to make use of and practice these for a long time. Practice with your dog regularly, in different contexts, and with gradually greater distractions, to ensure that he is indeed picking up and absorbing what you have been practicing. Dogs do not generalize quickly, so it is very important to practice with him in different environments. Even though the dogs have mastered the commands and cues, he may still have some tendencies to recognize these when the scenario they are in is completely novel and different.

3) Pay attention to their emotions and body language.

Just like human beings, dogs’ emotions and current disposition play a big part in their behavior and performance. Emotions can be a distraction and may easily get in the way, such that for instance, when dogs are feeling anxious or scared, they may unlikely properly respond. In this case, you have to understand and deal with this underlying issue first, before expecting your 

4) Remove excess energy.

Maybe the reason why your dog is barking excessively even when reminded to stop already, is because he has so much energy in him. Just as emotions can be a distraction, excess energy can also interfere with a dog’s attentiveness and responsiveness. Dogs that are overly hyper and excited may not be able to focus on what you are saying and thus, may not listen to and grasp what you are communicating. A daily walk or some exercise every day will go a long way in expending your dog’s excess energy, and in turn, may help you have him a little bit relaxed. In a relaxed state, he may now be able to attentively listen to you and appropriately respond.

5) Be more patient.

Like human beings, dogs are not perfect. There are several underlying reasons why they may not seem to be listening to you - perhaps they are feeling anxious, they have so much energy they cannot concentrate, or just because they have forgotten because of not having enough practice. It is unfair to expect your dog to be perfect and always, always listen to every word you say or every thing you communicate. Be a little more patient.