Your dog loves you and wants to be your best friend. Or at least most of them do. So why won’t your dog listen to you when you give him a command?
Let’s face it; dogs are like children in many ways. If they see an opportunity to be naughty or get away with something, they just might jump at that chance. They are often mischievous and are happy when they can see their lucky break.
Even for a well-trained dog, there are going to be occasions when they will see something or smell something that diverts their attention. Your dog might be so caught up in the moment that they forget all the guidelines. They have a one-track mind at that moment. It could be a squirrel he wants to chase, a mudpuddle that looks fun to roll around in, you name it, there are many distractions.
Your furry friend is just being a normal playful dog and may just need a bit more training. Your dog is not bad.
If you have tried to figure out how to make your dog listen to you better, consider a few of the following points:
Training a dog can be tiring. Let’s be honest; there are times when we are trying to train them, and we have to keep reminding over and over. Don’t get discouraged and give up. Being consistent is the key. If they feel like there may be some leeway on the issue, they will find those opportunities and jump at it.
When you are consistent, this paves the way for a clear path for your dog to follow. This will apply to each of the aspects of your training. Because we don’t have the spoken word to use in training, the consistent behavior in training is the absolute key.
As you can imagine, your dog is completely relaxed and chilled at home after he’s settled down once you came home from work. The excitement of your return has gone away. And then you take him outside for a walk and play at the park. The rush begins again. Just being outside can cause all that excitement again. And then you run into a friend, and you want to stop and talk, but your dog is pulling on the leash and darting this way or that way. He sees so many things that look like fun to go explore. Your dog sees other dogs across the street – “Hey buddy, lets play.” This furry friend is smelling a new scent and wants to check it out. He is in explore mode – not let’s stop and talk to your friend mode. If you want him to obey, consider the surroundings for your dog. He may not be deliberately trying to be naughty. He may just be in explore mode, and if you can eliminate some of the distractions, it might help his attention to your commands.
Are you More Excited about Learning than your Dog?
Sometimes new dog owners get so excited about getting started on the training that they forget who they are dealing with. If you have a young pup, chances are the pup’s attention span is very limited. You will need to have patience when training a new command. Even if your dog is a bit older and you are trying to implement a new command, again consistency is the key. And Patience. You will need to assess whether your dog seems keen on learning. If they seem uninterested at that moment, try a simple command and remember to reward your dog if they listen. On the flip side, if they choose not to listen, you will need to have a consequence. As a trainer of your dog, you will need to decide what that might be. It could be as simple as If they don’t listen to the command, the dog does not receive the treat. Remember that the dog will learn by the result, whether it is being corrected or rewarded.
Some dogs love to please you, and so they will listen to your commands just because it makes them happy to see you happy, and they love you. But many will not listen just for the heck of it. They love rewards. If you tell your dog a command and then offer up a treat or a toy, they are excited about the result, and this will shape their behavior. The more you make it fun for them, the more they will oblige. If they are not interested, find something that does pique their interest and use that for the reward.
All in all, every dog has its own personality, and the more you spend time with your dog and observe how they respond, the easier it will be to train your furry friend to listen to you.