How Do I Stop My Dog From…!

Have you ever found yourself desperately trying to stop your dog from doing something on the leash but they are too excited to listen?

Most often it is a nightmare! Dog owners are shouting and they’re dragging their dogs, while people are watching wondering why you don’t do something about it. In the meantime, your dog is barking, jumping and spinning out of control trying to get free. And you are trying your best to stop them and control the situation but it is not working!

First of all, you are not alone and there is good news…

In this post, I want to explain the things to remember and the simple steps to take when you find yourself in this situation.

What Triggers Your Dog

These are steps that can bring different situations that may trigger your dog into a panic mode. Here are a few of those times your dogs manages to slip from you leaving you standing there with leash in hand while they go do their thing…

Your dog may react to any of the following:What Triggers Your Dog

– Dogs
– Cats
– Cyclists
– Horses
– Cattle
– Small Children
– Cars
– Birds
– Airplanes
– Rabbits
– Rats
– Mice
– Footballs
-Tennis Balls
– Other moving toys
– Brooms, Brushes
– Lawn Mowers…etc.

I think you get the picture! It may even be something that is not moving!

So what can be done?

Below are key steps to solving this problem.

STEP 1. – Establish yourself as the pack leader

This step is very crucial and should be the first stage…establishing yourself as the pack leader. When you are the pack leader your dog will naturally be calmer, less reactive and more responsive to how you behave. Without this in place, your dog takes no notice of anything you are doing…this is the key. Once you position yourself as the pack leader you can actually start training your dog.

So how can you achieve becoming the pack leader?

It is not as simple as a quick blog post, however, if you love your dog you will be fascinated with using the techniques that the real experts know and use! You will not find a simpler and better place to achieve this than Doggy Dan’s video website.

STEP 2. – Keep your dog calm

The biggest mistake that owners make is that they allow their dogs to become too excited and stressed, then try to work with them in this uncontrollable state.

The key is to work with your dog in a relaxed state, not when they are excited otherwise you will struggle to calm your dog down and things can spiral out of control. Doggy Dan has a great video on his site explaining how to keep your dog’s energy low using some amazing techniques such as the calm freeze, (A simple hold of the collar with an upturned hand). He also explains what happens when dogs get too excited and the adrenalin kicks in and how you really want to avoid this.

When you find what excites your dog, a simple way of keeping your dog calm is to move further away from the trigger that sets him off. Then relax and enjoy your starting point!

STEP 3. – There are 1000 ways to calm a dog

While you are moving your dog away think of various different tricks to take your dog’s mind off of what is making him excited. The idea is to get your mind off the trigger then your dog will follow your example and calm down.

What is fascinating inside Doggy Dan’s video website is that Dan demonstrates a whole range of methods for calming dogs down. There is no single trick or technique that will work for every dog so the more your toolkit the more chance you have of finding what works for your dog and situation.

For example, with some dogs, you can simply distract them with food or a ball. Others will actually stop being so excited when you simply tell them to ‘sit’ or ‘down’, believe it or not. Then there are those that can be distracted with what Doggy Dan calls the stick trick where he goes and looks for a stick in the bushes and the dog follows! It is that simple but very powerful when it works.

STEP 4. – Enjoy this experience

Too often once a dog has calmed down, owners are too eager to rush their dogs back to the stressful situation. Enjoy this new experience with your dog as you start to rewire your dog’s brain, this is the key. Help them firmly embed this new way of behaving by spending some quality time with them. There is no rush. In fact, when you rush things and it goes wrong, the result is, it all comes crashing down. Patience is the key.

STEP 5. – Show your dog through your actionsShow Your Dog Through Your Actions

So now your dog is calm and ready for the training. It is at this stage the work you have put into becoming the pack leader will show. If you have put in place the 5 Golden Rules to become the pack leader from The Online Dog Trainer then you will see your dog starting to take notice of how you are behaving. But if you skipped this step, then your dog will behave as always.

This is where you need to stay calm. Silence is usually best, and slowly move towards the trigger but not straight towards it.

The secret is to take things slowly. Very often if you put everything in place things do happen faster than you expect!

Putting all the steps in place

Putting those steps in place and with just a little bit of knowledge, you can turn your dog around.

Remember, the secret is Step 1, becoming the pack leader. When they are watching how YOU are behaving, ignore the animal or object that was the trigger. But when they are taking no notice of you because they are still the pack leader in their eyes, nothing will work.

As recommended above, put all the steps in place. You can not fool the dog. They are pack animals, with leaders and followers. They will turn and look to the leaders when in situations such as mentioned above. So establish yourself as a pack leader and then show your dog how to behave through your actions, not your words.

To learn more about the 5 Golden Rules of Becoming The Pack Leader, click here.

If you had any experiences, please leave comments or questions below.




28 thoughts on “How Do I Stop My Dog From…!”

  1. This is a great article that has helped me immensely. The steps are excellent and I will try this with my pooch. I absolutely can see how being the pack leader and showing him who is the boss. My brother was always telling me this, “show him who is the boss” but now I get it lol. But it took your article to spell it out to me. Thanks again for the awesome steps easy to follow steps.

    1. Hi Rina, 

      I’m glad you found this article very helpful. I hope these techniques will help you create a calm pet and a happy one! 

      Thank you so much for your comment. 

  2. I enjoyed reading about dog training, and how doggy dan can help me. I have been a companion of 7 different fur babies in my life, responsible for training 5. I have learned a lot along the way and continue to learn. My family seems to think the dog is human,and I keep explaining that while they are pack/family animals they are not human. They are beasts of routine, Once you develop a routine with them, it is a fact you will live with so develoop the routines you desire..

    1. Hi Robert, 

      It seems you have done a good deal of training on your pets. That’s great! You are correct, once you establish yourself as the pack leader, your dogs will be more relaxed and happy. Keep up the good work. 

  3. Hi there,
    What a good article. We are getting a dog soon so these tips are really helpful. I definitely want to work with a dog so they are obedient and I like the idea of how you become the “pack leader” so they listen to what you say. Knowing their triggers and knowing how to direct them away is also good to know. Thanks heaps for these and I do know they will come in handy for myself and the kids!

    1. Hi Sharon, 

      Happy to hear that you will consider these tips to help you with your new dog. Putting yourself as a pack leader will really bring so much calmness and happiness to your dog as well as for your family. Let me know how things turned out. 

      Thank you so much for your comment. 

  4. I do not have a dog at the moment, but I grew up with a lot of dogs. We have a big yard so the dogs can move around, that I don’t need to walk them, that’s why I probably can’t relate to them being excited seeing triggers.

    Nevertheless, these are helpful tips for such mentioned situations. I especially believe establishing one’s self as pack leader is important, dogs can be tricky and will use their cuteness to make us swoon over them. 🙂

    1. Hi Marie, 

      I’m glad you viewed these tips very helpful. What helps dog owners they can have enjoyable walks with their dogs if their dogs sees them as pack leaders. Compared to dogs that become too excited on the leash dog owners struggle daily on their walk to the point that they feel as though they can’t safely walk their dogs. 

      Yes, dogs do have a way of melting your heart. 

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  5. Hi Rosa
    I don’t have a dog but I hope to get one very soon .One of the main concerns I have though is having he/she well trained.
    Just recently I went with a friend who has a farm dog but they live in the city ! It was very interesting and within minutes the trainer had my friends dog “eating out of his hand” . It jst goes to show that with an experienced trainer and some patience and constant reinforcement you can change a dog from being naughty to nice ! Ive listened to Doggy Dans intro video and heard some of the comments from his happy clients so I’ll definitely be giving this a go when the time comes ! Otherwise I might have been paying a fortune for puppy training at a pet shop which Im sure is Ok initially but later on or for older dogs this training guide sounds perfect.
    Thank you for sharing this information !
    Bella 🙂

    1. Hi Bella, 

      I appreciate your comment. I’m glad you found Doggy Dan’s training very helpful and I hope that when the time comes that you finally bring home a dog or puppy you may be prepared to train your dog.

      Thank you so much for your comment. 

  6. Hey, first of all thanks for this great, interesting and very informative article on sopping dogs from doing certain things. I think this is especially useful for people with younger dogs. My dog is rather old and is now beginning to get very calm and is not getting triggered too often anymore. But if she will I will definitely use some of you tricks.

    1. Hi Los, 

      Awww!….thank you for your comment. How old is your dog? I took care of a friend’s dog for a couple of days and she was at least over 10 years old. She didn’t do much except just lay around most of the time. They are pretty much calm at their older years. 

      Thank you for stopping by and again for your comment.

  7. Interesting Article,

    I am sure every dog owner has times their dog just is not behaving as well as they should, being the pack leader is a good start for sure. Many people I know are not the pack leader in their relationships with their dog, good tips on calming and controlling your dog


  8. Very Good Article,

    Often you wonder who is the pack leader, you or your dog?

    Your dog and you are a relationships, like any relationship there must be a mutual understanding. My dog is well behaved on his leash when we are walking the trail near my home, but when he sees kids sometimes he becomes so excited and knows he is doing wrong and just can’t help himself.

    1. Hi Jeffrey, 

      Thank you for stopping by and comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the article. And I hope you have found some tips that can help you with your walk?

  9. This is an excellent article with many good tips for most dog owners. I have a small dog and I have seen how being the pack leader is extremely important. He reacts very differently when the pack leader (my wife) gives a command! I have also read that commands must be given with authority, versus wild, out of control screaming. A dog does not respect someone that appears to be out of control, so do not scream at your dog! he will ignore you or try to get away from you.

  10. Hi there, thankyou for your article it was really interesting. I have two dogs of my own and even though their pretty old, there are a few things that need to be fixed so to speak. I adopted one of them at the age of 9 and he has a really bad habit of getting so excited when he sees another dog on our walks that he turns aggressive, and its only when hes on a lead. thanks again. Joanne

    1. Hi Joanne, 

      I’m pleased you that you found this article interesting. The steps in this article can be very useful and by following the tips can bring a lot of relief for you and your dogs. I wish you all the best. Let me know how it worked out for you.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and comment.

  11. Great article! I like it.

    I have a question! How do you stop your dog from being aggressive towards the children? My dog is great to adult people, but for some reason, he is aggressive towards the children.

    He is 7 months old, and for the first 6 months of his life he was a wanderer. We think that he might be aggressive towards the kids, because it is possible that kids have been torturing him or something when he was homeless.

    Do you have any advice?

    Once again, great article!

    1. Hi Miroslav, 

      I can understand your concern about the safety of your children. If your dog was mistreated while he was homeless, he would more likely react in fear. When you say your dog was aggressive towards your children I would assume you mean bark, growl or snapped at them it could be that he may be putting them in their place. To improve your dog’s behavior around your children it’s important to learn how to become the pack leader according to the first step in the article. Without that step, any attempt of training will fail. 

      Basically, according to Doggy Dan  learning to become the pack leader is imperative in order to succeed in training your dog. And use the training tools Dan gives you to train your dog and you may see a change in your dog’s behavior. Your dog may become a calmer and happy dog around your children as long as you remain the pack leader. 

      I hope that helped with regards your concern with your children. There’s so much more information it cannot all be posted here. 

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. 

  12. That post has lots of valuable information! I am a lucky owner of 2 uneducated dogs:D well, one will not be that of a problem as she is a tiny dog, so I can control her by just grabbing her. The other one on the other hand is an Alaskan malamute that is quite heavy to grab on your lap even haha. Anyways, my Alaskan malamute would of jump out of the leash when he sees another dog! He would just wine, go crazy really. I will use your advice on of positioning myself first a leader and second will always have his favourite toy with me to destruct him.

    1. Hi Anna, 
      I’m happy you found this article useful. Yes, by becoming the pack leader would be the first step to training your dog from the problems you are having. Let me know how it’s worked out for you.

      Thank you for your comment.

  13. Hi, My puppy is 4 months old. The puppy is miniature Schnauzer breed.I’m living in Condominium and having a tough time training my puppy.I tried to give rewards.I used to give chicken sticks ( dog food ).The puppy keeps barking asking for it repeatedly even in the late night. The puppy seems don’t understand what we are trying to do.What is your best idea for train the puppies in the Condominium?I keep the puppy at the balcony and she messed up the whole balcony every day. I’m using the special tray to train the puppy.I’m still having trouble training this puppy.

    1. Hi Priya, 

      Sounds like your puppy is in control. The best thing to do is turn that around. You need to be the one in charge and teach your puppy who is the one in charge. That requires you to become the pack leader . Once your puppy sees you as the pack leader all the other issues will be resolved. I hope that answered your question.

      Thank you for your comment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *