How do I teach my dog ​​to deal with his frustration?

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Is your dog very impatient? Do you have the impression of being subjected to his whims rather than living serenely by his side? Would you like some advice to make your cohabitation more harmonious?

Everything (or almost) will go through the learning of frustration. And yes, our dogs must learn to manage this emotion, just like us; otherwise, their behavior will be negatively impacted.

Teaching your dog to deal with his frustration is essential. Here we will see why and above all how to set up various daily learning and reflexes to guarantee better cohabitation.

Why teach your dog to manage his frustration?

  • The learning of frustration allows better integration of the dog in his social environment
  • This learning also allows a more peaceful and harmonious cohabitation between the master and his dog.
  • Managing your frustration well means accepting not always to do what you want
  • Learning to manage your frustration positively means learning to cooperate with your master
  • Good frustration management creates and maintains a balance in the master / dog relationship.
  • Teaching your dog to deal with his frustration teaches him to wait before getting.
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The 4 rules to teach your dog to manage his frustration.

Below are the 4 main principles / rules of life to put in place on a daily basis with your dog:

Rule n ° 1: Meet your dog’s needs

Before requiring listening and cooperation from your dog, it is very important to meet his needs. You can imagine that a dog in need of expenditure will have nothing to do with your indications and will not be able to calmly manage his emotions (and frustration is one of them).

To do that, you have 5 areas on which you can and must act:

  • Physical expenditure: a dog will need to exert himself physically (walks, play sessions, dog sport etc.) every day (at least for the ride) ! Even if you have a garden, a walk of at least 30 minutes outdoors will be mandatory (in addition to hygienic outings of course).
  • Mental expenditure: a dog does not only need to run to be fully developed! He will also need to be mentally stimulated, particularly through playful AND educational exercises, the regular learning of tricks / tricks , and intelligence and occupation games specially designed for the mental expenditure of our children. Doggies..
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  • Odor: smell is the first sense developed in dogs. Daily outdoor walks will meet this need, but tracking and search exercises may also be welcome.
  • Socials: the dog is a social animal, so he needs to meet his fellow creatures and be surrounded by them as often as possible. It is not an animal made to live alone, and it will be necessary to find him friends regularly so that he can, on the one hand, let off steam and, on the other hand, preserve and develop his canine codes.
  • Chewing expenditure: the dog needs to chew to work his jaw, keep busy. It is an activity that he loves and which is very important for his balance. If you do not allow him to chew on objects / toys intended for this purpose , you will quickly see that he will attack your furniture or shoes

Rule n ° 2: Resource management

Resource management is crucial because it greatly participates in the learning of frustration and allows you to keep some control over your dog. I am obviously not talking here of dominance or submission, simply of a balance necessary for a harmonious cohabitation on a daily basis.

  • Food management: your dog should eat alone, in less than 15 minutes and only once or twice a day. After 15 minutes, remove the bowl, whether it is finished or not. Don’t worry, your dog won’t let himself starve! Never leave your dog’s self-serve bowl to learn how to deal with his frustration and wait until you decide it is mealtime. If your dog eats when he wants, then he will be used to getting everything he wants when he wants (which is contradictory to good frustration management).
  • Contact management: always initiate contact with your dog. If he comes asking for your attention, ignore him and only give him your attention after he’s moved on. Likewise, for play sessions, do not systematically play with your dog as soon as he brings you his toy: wait for him to move on and then take the initiative to start and end the activity.
  • Space management: give your dog a place of refuge, where he can go knowing that he will not be disturbed. So offer your doggie a comfortable basket , in a quiet corner of the living room: not in the middle of the room, not under a staircase, not in the middle of a hallway or in a place where he can watch all your comings and goings. Then, never bother a dog who is in his basket: it is his zone, his bubble! Also teach your dog to go into his space when instructed by you . Also, do not hesitate to set up a prohibited room where your dog will not be able to follow you, to get him used to be alone, despite your presence in the house.
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Managing these three resources: food, contacts and space, will allow you to have some control over your dog as I mentioned previously and will considerably reduce the risks of behavioral disorders: separation anxiety, hyper-attachment , destruction, aggressiveness, etc.

Rule n ° 3: The educational bases

Of course, knowing educational bases and the reinforcement of these bases on a daily basis will make it possible to be able to set up the various exercises / games which we will approach later.

In addition, educating your dog helps to help it mentally, to strengthen the relationship you have with him, to avoid certain behavioral disorders but also to live more serenely on a daily basis with your dog: which is clearly not negligible. !

Rule n ° 4: An adapted attitude

Finally, one of the main rules to respect on a daily basis with your dog is to have an adapted attitude towards him.

Having a consistent attitude with your dog means considering him as he is, understanding him, and knowing how to read and decipher the signals he sends, it is responding to his needs, establishing the rules mentioned above, and especially sticking to it means seeing yourself as a reference person for your dog and assuming all of its responsibilities.

We mentioned it previously in the management of contacts, and this is the essential in a master / dog relationship: you must be on the initiative and not be subjected to your dog’s behavior (especially bad ones) .

An adapted attitude also requires a necessary firmness but should never turn into violence or brutality towards his dog. The goal is not to suffer your dog, obviously, but the goal is not to make him suffer bad treatment, that goes without saying!

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Exercises / games to teach your dog to manage his frustration

Finally, to achieve concrete training for your dog to manage his frustration, you have the possibility of setting up some simple exercises / games on a daily basis:

All the exercises / games that I offer you here revolve around the notion of giving up, which is one of the main notions that it is important to put forward when talking about managing frustration.

Because, in fact, managing your frustration means learning to wait and give up in order to then obtain. Your dog should understand, through these exercises / games that “to give up is to win!” “.

The ON / OFF Game

This game is played with a rope-type toy with a knot, a ball connected to a string, or a sausage. This exercise allows you both to work on the good management of your dog’s frustration but also on the management of his self-control.

  • Step 1: Take the toy in your hand, stay straight in front of your dog.
  • Step 2: Bend over and indicate to your dog “choppe”
  • Step 3: Play with it by creating a movement from left to right, as close to the ground as possible. Above all, be enthusiastic!
  • Step 4: Before your dog gets too excited, sit up straight up like an “I” and say “stop” to your dog very firmly. Move as little as possible and do not pull on the toy.

If your dog does not let go, swap with a treat or other toy and / or be firmer in your “stop” indication.

Then resume step 1 while waiting for your dog to come down in excitement.

Repeat this a few times, but the game should not exceed 5 or 10 minutes.

The “hehe” game

This game is particularly interesting for teaching your dog to give up and teach him that to give up is to win!

  • Step 1: Take a treat in your hand and extend your hand towards your dog (be careful, he must not take the treat immediately)
  • Step 2: Say an enthusiastic “yeeeesss” and accept that your dog takes the treat
  • Step 3: Repeat the previous step two or three times
  • Step 4: Then reach out your hand and say in a firm tone “Hehe” (close your fist if your dog still tries to take the treat)
  • Step 5: As soon as your dog gives up: looks away, looks away, steps back, etc. you can then give him a treat with your other hand

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