Dogs are not stubborn, being stubborn is a human trait or learned behavior that can be exhibited whenever we feel like being a little shit. Dogs on the other hand can display behaviors that we may interpret as being defiant or stubborn, but the reality of this behavior will most likely fall into one of the following categories.
1. You have a dog that just like some people, has a little to be desired in the intelligence department.
2. Your teaching approach while it may make sense to us, makes absolutely no sense to your dog. Your attempts at teaching him may be a little to scientific for his baby like brain to understand.
3. Your dog may have a high prey/ play drive, in which case it’s as though your dog has earplugs and blinders or blinkers on.
4. Your dog could be hard of hearing.
5. You may have spent a lot of time with your dog when he was a puppy, but spent less and less time as he became older.
Usually our biggest problem is, we have a tendency go a little over the top trying to teach an animal that has a very simple mind.
When I say simple, I mean simple. This is not a dig at dogs, even though dogs do like to dig. This is more or less a dig at us. We put way to much emphasis on words and the meanings of those words, in the misguided thought that our dogs will understand it. Sure, if you take the time your dog will learn a lot of words and what is expected from him when he hears those words (commands). But only if after he has learned those words, you have had the opportunities to go over those commands with the everyday minor and major distractions that are part of our every day life.
If you haven’t had the time or opportunities to teach your little guy during those everyday real world distractions (proofing). He’s not going to listen, during those times you really need him to listen. When he doesn’t listen to you, you may think he’s being defiant, stubborn or worse yet, challenging your authority as the head honcho.
Please Remember THIS IS A DOG !! An animal that has an infant like intelligence and they never ever grow up.
We’re too smart for our own good sometimes, and this is a prime example of one of those times. It’s a dog !! When was the last time a dog invented something ? Scratch that, invented anything ! How about, when was the last time your dog used your cell phone to order pizza ? When was the last time your dog painted a picture, wrote a poem, or sonnet ?
I know that Mac aficionados must think that dogs are responsible for inventing all things Microsoft , but I would seriously doubt that. Something to do with no opposable thumbs, I would suppose.
The point is, we often think our dogs have a higher intelligence level than they are capable of, at the detriment to us and most assuredly to the detriment and well being of that animal.
The Spirit Dog
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