20 Reasons Why Your Dog Doesn't Listen to You

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Postby cheekymunkee » November 30th, 2006, 1:22 pm

http://www.dogsecrets.com/articles/a_5.html

1- You are NOT in charge and your dog knows it


You have been the provider, the lover, the spoiler, the mommy, the daddy, the buddy, or just the observer, but definitely NOT the one in charge. You always came up with an excuse not to train the dog. So basically if your dog could talk, he'd be saying: “Oh come on. Who gave you the idea that I should mind you now? Sit down, shut up, and give me that belly rub, along with that pig's ear to chew on, or else I will pee on your pillow tonight.â€
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Postby mnp13 » November 30th, 2006, 1:58 pm

duh... THIS is the reason:

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Postby cheekymunkee » November 30th, 2006, 2:04 pm

My dog only speaks spanish thank you!
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Postby JCleve86 » December 3rd, 2006, 4:09 pm

The food thing is so true...my dogs are BAD about that. I KNOW it's something I'm doing, but I can't figure it out...they will sit, stay, come...all that just on command with no reward other than a "good dog." But focus, forget about it unless I have food. It IS a newer command, and by nature is more difficult (the whole point of the command being to ignore distractions)...but aside from regressing to giving them high reward treats and weaning off...I've yet to get them to listen to more than few focus commands once they realize I'm not giving them treats. And yes, I have corrected them...but Molly particularly is so intense about other dogs, particularly small ones, that all the corrections in the world don't matter sometimes. I'd have to yank her off her feet and draw blood to get her to pay attention in some scenarios, and I'm just not willing to do that. In those cases, once I've established that they won't focus, I just put them in a sit-stay, which they WILL do.

I don't know what to do, truthfully. I know the answer is probably right there...I'm not willing to correct them to the level they should be, especially since they DO, from what I've observed, understand what focus means. But that's the long and short of it...I am not willing to seriously hurt my dogs...I'm too much of a wuss I guess. I've bought a good handful of training books so I'm essentially trying to train myself...but anybody got any advice for here and now?
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