Frustrated with your Dog constantly wanting to get your attention!
Why do dogs become attention-seekers? There are lots of reasons why dogs initially become attention-seekers – and one of the most common is that they are bored. This could be because they are not getting enough exercise, enough mental stimulation, or they are genuinely not getting enough attention from their owners.
Well, it’s time your Dog knew that you’re the Alpha and that he or she is at the bottom of the pack. They need to know that you are in charge!
Once you know how to correct attention-seeking behavior you’ll have more fun with your dog, rather than it feeling like an inconvenience.
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I have a 7-month German Shorthaired pointer, very affectionate with a lot of energy.
I walk her 1/2 hour before work and 1 – 2 hours after work. But she doesn’t sit still at all unless I put her in the crate. I have a yard, which she won’t stay in unless I’m there. I play ball with her but the minute I do something else she’ll go do something she knows is wrong, like eat my plants, or pull something down.
Yesterday was the last straw. I had a friend over who had a cup of coffee with him when he came into the house. Holly (my dog) wanted the cup; she kept going for the cup so he put it in the garbage. He played with her for over an hour in the yard. When he left Holly went right to the garbage pulled out the cup and ran all over the house with the cup spilling the coffee. I took it away from her, but as soon as I turned my back she went for it again. The only way I could stop her was to crate her. She has a one-track mind. When she wants something she keeps at it until she gets it and then I have to crate her.
What can I do? I don’t want to keep her in the crate all the time, but if I don’t I have to play with her every minute. She won’t just stay still or lie down even after a long walk or run.
Thanks for your email. This type of behavior displayed by your dog must be quite frustrating for you!
I would say that your dog does these things to get your attention! When dogs have a particularly strong bond with their owners, they can often start displaying a number of attention-seeking behaviors, such as stealing, whining, or destructive habits, to get attention even if that attention is negative.
She is obviously very intelligent because she has learned that if you stop playing with her, all she has to do is destroy or steal something, and you will suddenly give her more attention!
The first thing you need to do is teach your dog that you are the Alpha and that she is at the bottom of the pack. Please read the bonus book “Secrets to Becoming the Alpha Dog”. She needs to know that you are in charge.
Next, start making your dog work for any attention that she gets. For example, if she comes to you wanting a scratch or pat, ask her to follow some commands first. If she does not obey, ignore her. Even if you instigate the attention, still ask her to follow some commands first.
If your dog is behaving well, make sure that you praise her. If she acts badly, go to her (don’t call her to you), attach her leash, and take her to a separate room for a time out. I don’t usually recommend putting a dog in its crate for a time out, because the crate is meant to be used as a safe haven for your dog, and not a place of punishment.
If you find that you are just not getting anywhere with the ignore method, you might like to try the reprimand, then ignore the method. Squirt your dog with a water pistol, or shake a can of pebbles, growl a guttural growl and then lead her to the time out room.
These should help you solve your problem. Good luck, and please let me know how you progress.
What counts as attention-seeking dog behavior?
It’s very typical for your new puppy dog to hop up at you when you feed them or cry when you disregard them, yet this unnecessary asking, bumping, crying, woofing, hopping on furniture, and bringing you toys are on the whole instances of attention-seeking.
This may all appear to be sufficiently innocuous, however, a volatile canine around little youngsters or older individuals can once in a while mean something bad. In addition, if your pooch puts forth an additional attempt to compete for your attention it implies they’re not so much glad in their own organization, and normally you need your canine to be as upbeat as could reasonably be expected.
There are loads of reasons why hounds at first become attention-searchers; they may be exhausted or maybe not getting enough exercise. At that point, obviously, there are some attention-seeking behaviors that canines do just for its love, for example, burrowing, biting, taking food, and tearing up their toys.
Anyway, there might be a few things that you do as a proprietor to inadvertently assist with transforming them into attention-searchers.
Pooches esteem human attention and are affectionate animals – that is the reason we have them as pets! So every time your pooch bounces up at you, paws at your leg, barks for no conspicuous explanation or drops a toy in your lap excluded, it’s anything but difficult to compensate them with a snuggle or a game, however, this implies the undesirable behavior is strengthened.
A few mutts like to stand out enough to be noticed by taking something – shoes are a top choice! – and escaping with it. Yet, they’ll rapidly take in what makes us jump from our seats, and the more serious our response, the more attention your pooch feels they’re getting, so the more esteemed the prize. Your dog will rapidly figure out how to search out these items later on.
Your canine needs loads of affection, obviously, yet compensating this sort of behavior may imply that they become progressively subject to your organization and less ready to discover happiness to their greatest advantage, for example, playing with their toys autonomously or tracking down a fascinating smell.