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Common Behavior Problems

Training 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 hearing.

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?

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