Dealing with your canine's attention seeking attempts

Raising and caring for a puppy is no easy task, but as your pooch becomes older and more docile the general assumption is that they'll learn to be independent and realise we can't give them our full attention all of the time.

Yet in some cases there is a risk that our canine companions will not grow out of their infantile behaviour, and many owners will face a struggle when it comes to encouraging their pooches to behave appropriately once they've developed into fully-fledged adults.

Indeed, this is especially important when it comes to bigger breeds of dog, as all that jumping and barking they did as a puppy will no longer be seen as cute and instead could be perceived as aggressive. What's more, if there are young children around, larger mutts could potentially knock them over if they're charging about with the enthusiasm of a pup despite being the weight of a properly developed canine.

This means that we need to ensure our four-legged friends learn that they can't get what they want, when they want simply by making a fuss, as if they're used to always getting their own way then they'll continue with the yapping and nudging that has always brought them rewards in the past.

The key here is to teach our pooches that we do have plenty of time to give them love and affection - but when it suits us, and not when they demand it.

So if you've got a six-year-old mutt acting like a one-year-old pup, we've got a great tip for getting them out of their bad habits - ignore the barking.

One thing you have to accept about younger dogs is that they'll bark when they want something, while nudging and jumping are also common signs that they're trying to get your attention.

While it's fine to respond to this when they're young by playing along with them and showering them with affection, as they get older they need to learn that the yapping and leaping won't always work.

The key here is to ignore your pooch's demands, because all the time you keep giving in they're going to continue to employ the same tactics as they have in the past.

At first this will be tough, and your dog may bark louder or jump higher than before in a bid to get your attention - but no matter how hard it gets, you have to ignore them and walk away.

This doesn't mean giving your canine companion the cold shoulder all of the time, as when you see them contentedly chewing a toy or wandering around the garden after enjoying their premium dog food then it's fine to run over and shower them with affection.

Through this process your pooch will learn that you do enjoy spending time with them, but on your terms and not theirs.

In turn, the barking and jumping will eventually stop as your dog realises that the best way for getting your attention is to patiently wait rather than yap and demand.

Written by: Hannah