All dogs can be good listeners.Yes, really.
By Mary Majchrowski | Pet360.com
Nothing's more frustrating than calling your dog, getting "the look," and then watching him casually start sniffing the ground with his back to you. But don't worry! He just needs some guidance, and a little work from you, to get there.
1. You Aren't Fun Enough
If your dog isn't listening, she may have learned that there is a greater reward in ignoring you-more squirrels to chase, more time to smell the grass, you name it. The only way to get your dog's attention is to become more interesting than whatever she is currently doing.
2. Fear of Punishment
Think carefully before you correct your dog for misbehavior (And don't use inappropriate forms of punishment). For example, your dog gets out the front door and leads you on an hour long chase through the neighborhood. If you punish your dog for finally returning home (or merely allowing themselves to be caught), he will associate that correction with the last action he took- coming back.
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3. Your Dog Requires (More) Training
Our dogs genuinely want to do the right thing, but we need to give them the tools. If you feel your dog isn't listening because she's being difficult or stubborn, consider that maybe she just doesn't get it. The way to fix this is formal training: go to a class, get a private lesson from a professional trainer or read up on current, positive methods.
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4. You're Speaking the Wrong Language
If your dog seems to be ignoring you, maybe it's just a "language barrier" of sorts. You speak English (or Spanish or any other language) and he speaks canine. It's not just about interpreting a bark. Dogs are very tuned into body language. They communicate mostly through posture, movement, eye contact…all without a single spoken word. The next time your dog doesn't listen to you, consider if he truly understands the question.
5. Your Timing is Off
When your dog won't listen to you, timing may be an issue. Timing is critical for dogs to understand what they are being rewarded or punished for (focus on rewarding). You have about 2 to 3 seconds after their behavior before the meaning is lost.
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