Common Behavior Problems
We define training problems as your dog’s inconsistent, or
lack of response to basic directions such as sit, down, come and
stay. Your observations may be that he only does it when he wants
to, he knows what the word means but he ignores you, or he has selective
These problems have any number of causes. First, you may not be
consistent with following through with your directions. If you tell
you dog to sit and he doesn’t, and you just forget about it
walk away, you’ve taught your dog that your direction “sit”
has no meaning.
If your dog will lie down in your living room, but won’t
do it in the car, he may not have yet have learned that “down”
is the same behavior no matter where he is when you give this direction.
Or he may be too excited or nervous to respond to what you’re
telling him to do.
You can train your dog to consistently do what you tell him, but
it takes time, practice, and a trainer who really understands the
basics of learning and dog behavior. Review our handout “How
To Select A Dog Trainer” to help you choose an
instructor who has this knowledge.
We offer a telecourse on Fundamentals
of Animal Learning geared for any animal professional,
as well as very inquisitive and dedicated pet owners. This telecourse
will give you the tools you need to deal with common training problems.
Are you up to the challenge?