Is your dog ignoring every command? If so, try to avoid sounding like a broken record and saying the command over and over; instead, relax and consider the following 9 reasons your dog might be ignoring you.
Are Your Dog Treats Worth It?
It’s not hard to see this one. Humans and dogs are alike in that we are always thinking “what’s in it for me?” You will notice a huge difference in your dog training when the right treat is given.
Don’t use regular kibble dog treats for rewarding your dog. Grab some treats he could smell from a mile away. Make them soft and bite sized, this way he will swallow them and you can get right back to training. Dr. Ian Dunbar, a well known vet, trainer, and writer, says use freeze-dried liver. He calls it the Ferrari of doggie treats:) I can smell it just sitting here writing this. Be sure to check out this blog post too: How To Train Your Dog To Come On Command
Are You Slacking Out on Rewarding?
Do you believe in giving to get? Well, your dog most likely has never been trained and so you need to give more here. He probably enjoys the distractions like sniffing grass, peeing on everything, or just enjoying looking around much more than training.
By GIVING more treats early on, you can keep him focused and wanting to do more training…even if there are distractions around. Once you get him used to it, you can slow down on the treats a bit.
Are You Asking Way Too Much?
There is a saying, “crawl before you walk”. If you have ever trained a dog, you want them to learn all these new behaviors at once. When it doesn’t work, you get frustrated, he gets frustrated cause you are… Sometimes it’s just because it’s too hard for your dog at that moment. Try to slow down and the harder behaviors, you can break them down into several steps vs just one massive leap.
A quick example, if you are trying to teach your dog to touch the end of a stick with his nose, you can reward him for just touching the stick. When your dog has that down, you can treat him when he touches lower and lower. Before you know it, he will have it down. Keep your training short and full of treats. This will keep your dog motivated for the next round.
Is there Too Many Distractions?
Dogs pay the most attention in a quite place with little or no distractions in sight.
The goal here is to start in a quite place. Then once that’s mastered, you can move outside, and then onto dog parks if desired. Don’t try the reverse and make it harder on you and your dog. Build a solid foundation first.
Is This Your Dogs First Time?
From what I have experience myself and seen from family members, is that we are inconsistent. We give up too early. And our dogs know this. Even worse, your dog may have never even been trained and was just able to run loose his whole life. Don’t blame them, habits are hard to break. And yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks:)
It’s up to you mom and dad to become worth hearing by giving great tasty treats. Have you seen Adrienne Farricelli’s Brain Training for Dogs course? >> Take A Look Here
Are You Being Clear With Your Dog?
If you are consistent, your dog will thrive. Always use the same word, same tone, even the same body language when you are training your dog for a command. If you have a family, they all need to use the same word too. This can be difficult at first, but just let your family know what you are trying to accomplish.
Also, if you are teaching a command and your dog just looks at you confused, it’s most likely because that command wasn’t used correctly the first time around. Keep going. And remember not to say the command multiples times because your dog may think it’s a sentence lol. Say it once. The same way.
Are you Getting Annoyed?
Before you get frustrated, go back to another behavior that your dog has learned. Reward your dog and stop the training. Your dog knows body language and can feel your emotions. This is not the time to train. You can always try again later and remember to chunk down the training into smaller steps.
Remember we are aiming for consistency. Saying the command the same way, with the same tone, and the same body language. Raising your voice and getting frustrated will just confuse him.
Are Emotions Getting in the Way?
Do you have a nervous dog? This could get in the way of training. They could be in a fight or flight state of mind, and when that happens, the thinking brain is cut off. So make sure your dog is in a calm place and relaxed.
Just take it slow, it’s like if you have a child afraid of water, you aren’t going to throw him in the deep end. You will first introduce them, then dip a toe, then ankle:) You get it. Be sure to checkout How You Can Easily Tell Your Dog You Love Them
Have You Tried Brain Training Your Dog?
You know the saying, “idle minds is the devils playground” it’s the same for your dog. I have seen many dog owners just not interact at all with their dog. That alone can lead to behavior issues. The amazingly simple secret to a trained dog is stimulating their minds and get them thinking and problem solving.
Long ago before the domesticated dogs, they would live their day doing things for survival. Thinking. Working. It hasn’t all gone away, you can still see it in action today, for example, beagles love to follow scent trails, terriers enjoy digging. Dogs aren’t like humans when it comes to working.
We hate the 9-5 grind, but dogs, they want to work. And if you aren’t, you could experience the dennis the menace dog. And it’s just not healthy doing nothing. You don’t have to hire Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer, to train your dog and spend thousands of dollars. The solution may just simply stimulating Fido’s brain more.
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I imagine there are many more reasons why your dog is ignoring your commands. Don’t judge your dog too quickly as stupid, stubborn, or deaf. Don’t scream commands and don’t stop training. Just take a step back and use some of these tips and see what may be going on and how to fix it. I hope this helps you figure out an easier path to better and easily train your dog.