This is the part that concerns me. Our trainer’s certification demonstrates to me her commitment to her students and her commitment to continuing education, and seeking those trainers in your community can be a good way to narrow down your options.The instructor said she would help me, but did not.
I am an experienced dog owner having trained my older silver minipoo. I have an 8 month old male mini-poodle that I take to obedience class.Hello.
I'm an inexperienced dog owner. I have an 9 month old male mini-poodle I take to obedience class. He knows the commands and obeys very well at home, but at his recent dog classes, he refuses to sit or lie down. Treats won't work. If I fold up his back legs to make him sit, he will stand up again. He obeys for other commands like heel. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong? The instructor said she would help me, but did not. He is the only small dog in the class. Should I accept that he obeys at home. He attended puppy school at this same facility. He is friendly toward people, but dog school and the groomers is his only opportunity to be around other dogs.
Unlike humans, dogs don’t generalize easily. You can teach a young child that her dress is blue in the kitchen, then later in her bedroom ask her what color is her blue book and expect the child to answer correctly. Not dogs. If you teach sit in the kitchen, they may not sit in the family room until you teach it there. Then they will sit on the floor in the family room but not understand if you ask them to sit on the couch. You need to practice sit in all kinds of places, outside on your driveway, in the park, on carpet and woods and grass. etc. It takes many repetitions in many different environments to get a dog that will consistently sit anywhere you ask, including in a very distracting class. This might be part of your problem. Most dogs are wonderful at home, but leave the home and things fall apart. Leave the home and add in distraction, distance and duration make sits and downs fall apart. Add in hormones of a teenager and things fall apart. Keep working these commands.He knows the commands and obeys very well at home, but at his recent dog classes, he refuses to sit or lie down.
He’s beyond threshold, too many distractions and maybe fear of large dogs. Look to stand farther away from the other dogs, especially if you think he’s afraid of a particular dog or one that is very wiggly and wanting to play with your dog. Move 10 feet or farther if needed. If there’s gating stand on the other side of the gating. This is something your teacher should help you with. You’ll know you are far enough away when your dog will take treats and starts to pay attention to you. You will eventually be able to move close. When you can work 10’ away, try 9 next class.Treats won't work.
Dogs do not learn when you manhandle them into a position. How would you feel if someone told you to sit … you didn’t sit quickly enough so they pushed you down into a chair. What message are you sending to your dog? Will he be worried you will manhandle him again? If he won’t sit, move him father away, far enough that he feels comfortable sitting. Or work on keeping his attention, and ask for a sit later.If I fold up his back legs to make him sit, he will stand up again.
It could be because movement is easier for him to comply with? I find if my dog is getting distracted when we’re loose leash walking, if I walk faster I keep my dogs attention. Or it may be as suggested above, related to fear.He obeys for other commands like heel
No , keep working through these problems, keep going to obedience classes and working at home. If you continue to work with him you will have an obedient dog that you can be proud to take anywhere. He will learn and mature with time. Work on keeping his attention.Should I accept that he obeys at home.