It be in this situation really stinks
BUT (you heard this coming right) it’s a learning point. I can see the eye roll and I truly understand
it – the dog isn’t doing what I need him/her to do and I’ve tried everything. I 100%
agree! It’s time to stepback and revaluate this situation.
Keep an Open Mind
Dogs have personalities and learning styles just like humans.
What “language” are you and your dog speaking? It’s it that you say “sit”
and your pet hears – “cool, I’ve got Dad’s attention and on one else is here wwwwhhhoooo
play time”. If so this could be a chunk of the problem.
Are you asking the dog to perform a task that’s above their ability?
We worked on sit and come last night and did great tonight no luck! This may mean that they need
practice-it’ s like roller skating it needs practice.
Evaluate you-honestly. This is the hard part
and where frustration really shows. What signals are you sending? Dogs are great at
reading body language – this is their main form of communication within their dog world. How are
you feeling about this training session? How do you feel about the dog (honestly)? This
honest answer is the body language your pet is seeing and potentially responding to. Think of it this way-
your walking down the street and see the one person in the world that makes you heart flutter and eyes glow the result is
your body language changes to engage this person is conversation. Look at it the other
way your walking down the street and you pass the one person in the world that you can’t stand your body tenses I n
response your pulse changes and your posture shifts. Dogs get sence that your mind is
somewhere else not on the “sit” command you just gave-result is no sit.
Time and Place Are you practicing at the wrong times?
Your pet needs to work out their greeting and energy before you begin work. Both of you need a warm-up
time. Signals that put you and your pet into work mode. Are you both in the frame of
mind to practice? Do you need to walk first (ie burn energy) do you need a snack for energy and attention?
Do you need to change your location? Once the dog is trained and a pro at items your practicing
these items won’t matter as much- right now they do.
Rewards Are you providing the right reward to motivate the pet? Food may not
always be the answer ( see last week).
Are you using it where it gets the biggest impact? How’s the tone of your voice? Are the associate touches
One theme here is you and your messages
from command to frame of mind. I hear this response all the time –“but the dog has the job
to do” and there is the AH HA moment! Your asking for the job to be done you’re
the supervisor you have a job too.