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Old 12-10-2012, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Problems listening?

So. When I'm home with the dogs by myself Cain is very good. Listens and does everything like he's suppose to(ie. sit before leash and to take off for outside) but when my husband gets home it's like everything is out the window and he doesn't listen to me he listens to my husband more. Example, he won't sit for me, so my husband says sit and he does. Not really sure what that's about or if it's something to do with like chain of command? Command is my husband then me?
He's been getting better about it over the last month because we don't let him get away with it. He has to listen to me even when my husband is home.

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Old 12-12-2012, 01:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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You have to work on training through distraction. Your husband is a big distraction to your pup so you have to use that as a training opportunity! First how old is cain?
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Almost 10 months it has gotten much better I just want him to be able to listen when he gets home because he listens very well when I'm only home.


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So you need to start training with distraction, once you are 100% sure he understands the commands then you can add in some correction or blowing you off. first when you tell him to do things and you are alone are you doing training sessions? Like with food? If you are using food are you still luring him with a treat or rewarding him after he gets the treat?
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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We do training and after a while cut out the treats so that he just rewarded with praise. I mainly do the training with him and my husband does some with him also once he's home. And he gets rewarded with praise then treat.


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The same thing happened at my house. He listened great but when hubby was present, he acted like he knew nothing when I spoke. When my hubby repeated it he would follow the command. I "taught" my hubby not to repeat the command. I explained to hubby he had to not repeat it so that my dog would respect my commands when other's were present. It took awhile for hubby to learn this but we got through it. Now my boy listens whenever someone else is present.
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As long as your training with some reward at the end. It's good to phase treats out but if i'm doing a training session I end with food after the praise.

So put him leash and while your husband is home get him to focus on you and the first few sessions I would give food as the reward. Once he is paying attention with the food for a few days then have him on leash and with no food just praise tel him to sit or whatever. If he doesn't listen pop the leash and make him do what you asked. As soon as he sits or downs reward with praise and then food. You have to make sure he has NO chance to blow you off which is why you go back on leash. Also there needs to be a consequence to not listening and that's a pop on the leash. If you give a command you only give it once and if he blows you off make him do it. That s a HUGE part of training and making a dog consistent even if they don't want to. Take the choice away! They need to understand that sit is sit no matter what the distraction is. You start little by little with the distraction till nothing around you is a distraction again. Hope that helps.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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It does! Thank you! I had read on another post about a pop with the leash and have done it a few times before-specifically when coming inside with the dogs. It's not as bad as it was a month or so ago, but still not fixed. Thank you very much and I will be doing this to correct the behavior.


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Just wanted to update and say thanks! Cain has been improving greatly and doing much better at listening!


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