Does your dog pay attention to you and follow your commands? Most dog owners have trouble keeping their dogs focused and cooperative both in and out of training sessions. One way to deal with this problem is to analyze your tone. If you constantly get frustrated and yell at your dog, he or she will probably learn to ignore the yelling as normal behavior and continue doing whatever he or she feels like doing. But if you act happy and excited about a command, your dog may enjoy that and try to perform the command to keep you happy and excited. It all depends on your particular dog and his or her relationship with you as the owner. Continue reading →
When Sadie wants a treat or a bite of something I’m eating and I won’t hand it over immediately, Sadie goes into her ready position. She knows that I want her to earn the treat, so she sits down and looks up at me, awaiting orders. I love to stay quiet for a minute or two to see Sadie’s adorable reaction. Since she doesn’t know what command I’m planning to give, Sadie just launches into a quick summary version of every command she can think of. She stands up, lies down, rolls around, speaks, gives me her paws, spins in circles, etc.; all in fifteen seconds flat. I like to think of it as my ‘no command’ command.