Dog Training woes


mamaluv
on Oct 26, 2010 @ 03:08 pm

Calling all successful dog owners!  I need your help.

Let me start off by saying I do not have time to take my dogs to obedience school, so scratch that suggestion immediately.

My dogs (male and female, age approx 1 yr) had been trained to sit and come on command.  We live in the country, so little more was required.  We don't take them off the property for walks as their radio fence encompasses about 1 acre and they have more than enough space to run around and be active.  Since they are also outdoor pets, they required little further behaviour training.

Very recently, we're experiencing what seems to be rebellious behaviour from them.  They won't come or sit and have started jumping on people even though they were carefully trained from Day 1 to not do that. 

We spend time with them and have always been consistent in our training and expectations of them.  I don't know where this is coming from.  The female has been spayed and we will be neutering the male soon.  I know that can be a factor sometimes.

When I speak in an authoritative tone, they simply look at me and saunter away.  Wow.  I've got a couple of teenagers, I think :)  I've tried a sugary sweet tone but that just makes them wilder and I don't want to speak that way anyway.

Does anyone have some easy suggestions to get my dogs to listen?
 


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Anonymous
Dog Training Woes on Oct 28, 2010 @ 03:36 pm

I have more questions than answers at the moment, but will try to help. You say that you spend time with them, but they are outdoor dogs and you don't take them for walks because of the size of your property;so what do you do to interact with your dogs? It sounds to me like they have bonded with each other rather than members of the family and as such, there really isn't much in it for them to come to you and obey your commands. Dogs are like any other animal or person for that matter (and no, I am not anthroprmorphizing)..but they need to know what's in it for them. What happens when you call them to come to you and you ask them to sit? Do they get anything for that? You may need to start all over again with their training as if they are puppies. The good news is because they had already learned to come and sit and stay off of people, it won't take as long for them to relearn it. An excellent site for training tips is http://www.dogstardaily.com/
Good luck with your pooches!
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mamaluv
reply on Oct 28, 2010 @ 03:45 pm

We do play with them, trying to work on "fetch" and just generally sitting outside with and patting them. They do get quite a bit of attention, and the problem can often be that when one dog is getting loved on then then other gets aggressive and will shove my kids over in an attempt to hog the spotlight. We sometimes have to put one of them in the dog run and spend one-on-one time.

But my point is, they do get attention. Good tips though, so I will give it a try!
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Anonymous
Dog Training Woes on Oct 28, 2010 @ 04:02 pm

I'm glad to hear that they get a lot of family time. That being the case I think it is just a matter of some refresher training and maybe some new, really good dog treats that are used for training sessions only. You might also want to consider teaching them stay. Once they learn that, you will be able to put one dog in a stay and train or play with the other and then reverse the stay for the other dog. This will all take time so even if you can manage to fit in 5 minute training sessions a couple times a day, that will help a lot more than one long training session and will probably be easier to fit into a busy schedule. Oh and have fun!!, Training sessions should always be fun and end on a positive note. If youthink your dog is getting tired or you aren't getting the response you want then go back to an easier command,reward for the behaviour and then stop the session. Good luck!
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mamaluv
good advice! on Oct 28, 2010 @ 04:48 pm

Yes, I think my dogs' patience is vastly greater than mine! At their age, they're still so goofy that it takes a lot to tire or bore them. They just simply look at me like I'm a weirdo - but I'm used to that attitude from our cat too. She glances with disdain and then saunters away for nap #462 of the day (unless, of course, it's time to walk all over my laptop keyboard which is her other favourite thing to do).

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