It can be frustrating when your furry dog doesn’t listen to you. Sometimes, it’s a command you know the dog understands because he does it absolutely at home, in the backyard, or at dog classes. Just not now, when you require him to do it.
Why don’t your dogs not obey your commands?
When your furry dog doesn’t listen to us, it has more to do with weaknesses in our training methods than anything else. So, let’s look at the real causes dogs don’t listen to us.
If your furry dog has unmet physical requirements, he won’t be capable to focus on the manners you want him to perform. If he seems unable of listening, he may be:
- hungry or thirsty
- needing to eliminate
- full of energy he needs to burn
- not feeling well
- anxious or nervous
He does not have your full engagement
If you are busy tinkering with your phone or taping an Instagram video of your training session, your awareness is not fully on your dog. When you’re training, you aren’t attending to your dog if you’re thinking about something else. Your furry dog needs you to be fully there whenever you are training or allocating a command.
You don’t use bonus features reward marker tells the dog that he’ll get a food bonus every time he does a particular behavior. Many dog trainers use a clicker or verbal marker to let the puppy know a typical behavior will earn him a “prize.” The bonus marker always occurs at the start of the behavior and never after the behavior is done. Dogs always do more exaggerated forms of behavior that gets them something they want. When initially training the dog to execute a behavior, reward markers convey what you want very clearly to the dog. Additionally, bonus markers cement those manners in the dog’s mind as a fun activity that he loves doing.
Your dog is not motivated
From a dog’s viewpoint, any strengthener loses value when it is always the same or always open whenever he chooses to comply. Ways to build value in your strengthener motivational value:
- Keep training sessions very short (between 2 and 5 minutes) and regular (6-10 times per day)
- Food bonuses should be tiny, fragrant, and generously given for successful manners
- Food rewards should be mixed
- Food rewards should be dispensed fairly, regarding the difficulty of the behavior portrayed.
You are asking too much, too soon
It can be easy to ignore that your dog is a member of a foreign species that has no inherent way of knowing our language or our ways. Here are some methods we ask too much of our dogs:
- Boosting the level of distractions too soon
- You didn’t confirm the behavior sufficiently with the graduated intro of distractions.
- He isn’t quite clear on the required behavior yet
- He has had many reinforced repetitions of manners you are trying to get him to stop doing
Your Furry dog is worried about discomfort
If your furry dog has been punished during training, any coming training can cause stress and make it difficult for him to concentrate and listen. Also, if the manners itself will bring distress, don’t expect your dog to react.
You didn’t let him get habituated to a new environment before you prompted the behavior
Let your dog adjust to an environment for a few minutes before prompting the behavior you want.
You are conveying to him not to do something
Dogs think proactively – they are doers. They don’t understand the meaning of stopping any movement or behavior. They do things because those manners have been inadvertently reinforced in the past. When we say “No!” or “Stop that!” it can temporarily interrupt a behavior the dog is accomplishing, but that doesn’t mean he has any idea what you are on about. Instead of telling the dog to stop doing something, think about preventing it from occurring for the duration of training so that he can understand a preferable behavior.