Here are some of the most common complains I hear from dog owners:
• He purposely ignores me
• He only listens to me at home
• He knows better
Does he really know better? Or is he confused? At the end of every session I give my clients their homework, give them one week to do it, and ask them to be sure to practice in as many different environments as possible. Why? Because dogs don’t generalize! If you taught your dog to sit in your living room, it doesn’t mean that he is going understand the command when you are on your front lawn. This is why it is absolutely crucial that we practice every command in different environments with different levels of distraction.
Always carry good quality treats with you when you are out and about with your dog. Don’t tell me that your dog should just obey you without any treats. What would you tell your boss if he told you that, and didn’t offer you any pay?
If your dog doesn’t listen, it could very well be that he doesn’t understand what you are asking of him. Repeating the command or raising your voice won’t help the situation. It’ll only confuse your dog and make him think that you are the one who needs help!
If you have been doing your homework and your dog is still not listening to you, then please contact me to make an appointment. There are other reasons that can affect a dog’s behavior and reliability.
Cheers to responsible dog parenting!