How do you reason with your dogs? When my dog was a puppy he listen very well. So hitting him seemed like the only way to get through to him. He associated being hit with me being angry and now he has seemed to grasp a better understanding of the english language I can just tell him to stop or to go away and he does and I don't have to get mad. But if I am mad yelling at him makes him feel bad enough, so I no longer have to hit him, plus he's to big for me to hit or physically force him to do anything. So establishing respect at a young age is essential, I think.