Some basic dog training techniques may be called for if your dog pulls on his leash and tries to get away from you when being walked, or he completely ignores you when you tell him to sit. If your dog doesn’t listen to you and it is time for that to change, you may find these aid free and entirely safe training methods to be effective.
Most of us understand that nothing in life is free, and I have successfully applied that principle to training my dog. Basically, it works on the premise that your dog must do something in order to be given something in return, and that if your dog wants something, he needs to do exactly what it is you are telling him to do. With this technique, your dog will learn to stay lying down quietly until it is time for you to take him for a walk or will understand that if he wants you to feed him, he must wait quietly. The trick is to simply ignore your dog, walk away and then try again a few minutes later. Most dogs will soon learn that they must do what you say to get what they want and that you are in charge.
A young dog often believes that he can behave exactly as he wants, once he leaves his mother and siblings behind, whereas while they are young they understand that their mother is in charge. Dogs will naturally try to be dominant and be in charge when they first join a household, and your role is to show him that you are in command of the household and that he must obey your instructions. Dogs often make sad faces to try to get what they want, rather than behave aggressively, and you must put a stop to this behavior too as it is just another way of trying to take control.
Because many children can easily get down to the height of your dog, many dogs regard children not as a master, but as a play companion. The dog training techniques that you are using to show your dog who is in charge can and should be taught to your children once they reach the age of about nine. Your children need to be able to take charge just as effectively as you can, and your dog needs to know that your children are just as much in charge of the household as you are.
Your dog needs to understand that nothing in life is really free, just as you came to understand that. The basic dog training techniques that are described above should be carried out by any dog owner who has a problem with their dog misbehaving and not listening to commands. These techniques are humane, easy to master and are also effective, although much of the time it will seem as if you are simply playing with your dog rather than training him.