#1 reason your dog doesn’t listen to you

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No offense, but sometimes your dog is just not that into you. Heard that line before? Seems weird coming from your dog. But there’s a lot in every dog’s world that can be more interesting than even the dearest of owners.As a professional Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant I’ve just about heard it all over the past 20 years. But one of the biggest complaints I get from dog owners is that their dogs just don’t listen to them. There are 5 big reasons I’ve noticed over the years that leads to this canine selective hearing disorder. As with all behavior issues, your dog’s behavior is in direct response to your behavior. So here's the #1 reason your dog doesn’t listen to you. 1.) He’s learned to ignore you. The more you say it the less it means. Owners consistently overuse 3 words; come, no and the dog’s name. If your dog does not respond to you when you call his name, don’t keep saying it. If he doesn’t respond the first time what makes you think he’ll respond any faster the third or sixth time? Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly but expecting different results each time. Say it once. If your dog doesn’t respond, do something else. Anything else Change your tone of voice, clap your hands, stomp your feet or jump up and down. If nothing else go up and put a treat on his nose or tap him on the hindquarters. Just do something else. The more he doesn't respond to "come" or his name, the more he learns his name and "come" mean ignore you. So don't take "no" for an answer. Make your dog want to come to you. The time to practice this is randomly throughout the day. It's too late to work on his recalls when that car is coming. Next week I'll tell you about the #2 reason your dog doesn't listen to you. Make sure you aren't making this common mistake. questions? Ready to enroll in a class or training program? call (714)393-0432 or email cindy@thedogsetc.com

 

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