Dogs, like us, practice something called "learned irrelevance". If they realize that you say sit three times, and they can ignore you the first few times - this behavior will get worse. Soon you'll be saying it four times, even five times! Avoid this common training mistake. Say your cue once, "sit". Then pause. Count to two. If your dog does not sit, give them the hand signal for sit. When they do - reward! Now... repeat!
Anyone who has taken one of our group dog training classes or had a private session with us know that we always teach behaviors before we name them. The reason we do this is so that when your dog hears "come" they already know what it means and that they'll be heavily rewarded when they do. We want to help you be the pet owner who calls your dog once and he comes running to meet you! (We know how embarrassing the alternative can be - calling your dog 10 different times, then going to get the treat bag to shake to get him to finally come to you).
If you think you have a stubborn dog or a dog that's not listening to you - maybe he has a case of "learned irrelevance". Here's the good news - it's easy to fix! Our trainers would be happy to help you if you're having trouble figuring it out. Have a great day and remember - only say your cues once and you'll train a reliable dog!
- Bryony Aviles and Ellen Carson, Professional Dog Trainers at Sandy Paws Dog Training & Pet Sitting