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Dog demands too much attention: 5 tips


Dogs are usually well received and quickly learn how to attract the attention of their favorite person. As long as your dog does not exaggerate the attention-grabbing, it is not bad and sometimes the four-legged friend wants to communicate something important. However, if the behavior gets out of hand, problems can arise because the pet is perceived as disturbing. "Duuu, look, down here, here I am, pay attention!": Naughty little dog wants attention right away - Shutterstock / Victoria Rak

One should neither underestimate nor overestimate the intelligence of dogs. If the dog grip is underused, boredom arises, and the four-legged friend demands excessive attention to let you know. However, your dog can only understand rules that are really rules and not watered down by exceptions and inconsistency. Failure to do so may result in excessive pet attention. You can do that against:

1. Resist the beginnings through consistent education

Dogs have a variety of ways to get your attention. The basis for undesirable behavior that craves attention is laid in puppy age when bad manners are not yet so annoying and actually cute. If your small bundle of fur is charmingly petted by you when it jumps up on you, it will later jump up on all sorts of people to be petted. A begging puppy who has persisted long enough at the dining table and aroused pity with his heart-wrenching dog look and got a bite will try again and again. If your dog is allowed to tear the newspaper from the previous day for fun and is rewarded with attention, he may not stop at important files or homework books.

These are examples of inconsistency in dog training that result in your dog not knowing what it is allowed to do and what not, and ultimately simply doing what gets it the most attention, so it's most worthwhile for it. It does not matter whether your reaction is friendly or angry, the main thing is that the animals are observed. So, for example, if you scold your dog or even yell at him, when he jumps at strangers, begs at the table or tears the tax bill, your four-legged friend feels confirmed that he is getting what he wants with this particular behavior: yours Attention. So that it doesn't even come to this, you should already consistently enforce rules even with cute puppies and allow no exceptions.

2. Find causes: Why does the dog call for attention?

Sometimes dogs just want to attract attention and paying attention to their favorite person is reward enough for them. This is mostly due to the above-mentioned parenting mistakes when the behavior becomes independent and gets worse. However, it is advisable to pause briefly and consider whether the dog may not have another reason to draw attention to itself. For example, four-legged friends who feel challenged, bored and underutilized often show destructive, unwanted behavior because they have nothing better to do and realize that they are causing a reaction on your part, which interrupts the boredom at the moment.

However, if your dog also looks very stressed and panicked, especially if you leave him alone, there may also be a fear of separation that he wants to draw your attention to. In addition, sick or injured animals try to hide their pain, so that their suffering sometimes only manifests itself as a change in behavior or nature. If you have any doubts as to whether your four-legged friend really only asks for attention or wants to communicate something with you, go to the vet as a precaution and have him checked.

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3. Offer alternatives for undesirable behavior

If you teach your dog what he is not allowed to do, you should always offer him an alternative to what you want to do. Otherwise your four-legged friend does not know how to behave and is unsettled. For example, teach him that he can gnaw on his chewing bone and romp with his toys, but leave paper, shoes and furniture in peace. Reward him for resting in his basket instead of jumping on the sofa.

4. Ignore unwanted behavior, reward good behavior

You can teach your dog the alternative behaviors by consistently ignoring bad behavior and rewarding good behavior. If your four-legged friend jumps up at you, turn away and ignore him, not even with a small sideways glance. As soon as he stands still on the floor with all four paws or sits down, caress and praise him, maybe give him a treat. He then gets attention for the desired behavior and is punished - by negative reinforcement - for withdrawing attention if he does not abide by the rules. It is important that you stay really consistent and forever. Give in even once, your dog learns, he only has to annoy long enough, then he gets what he wants. As a result, the behavior can even get worse. If you don't trust yourself to abide by the rules so strictly, get help from an experienced dog trainer or animal psychologist.

5. Deal with the dog properly and avoid boredom

If your dog has been raised consistently and is in good health, it is likely that boredom is that he demands attention attention. It only helps to occupy him appropriately so that he does not come up with stupid thoughts. For example, bring him a food or intelligence game, start a dog sport or teach him tricks. The activities should of course always be adapted to the nature, temperament, breed-typical characteristics and preferences of your dog and be neither too strenuous nor too easy.


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