ARE YOU THE CAUSE OF YOUR DOG’S DISOBEDIENCE?*
(give yourself 1 point if your answer is rarely, 2 points for sometimes, 3 points for usually, 4 points none of your business)
- You repeat commands.
- You raise your voice to get your dog’s attention.
- Your dog ignores you even if you repeat commands and raise your voice.
- You use treats, refrain from asking your dog to listen unless there is nothing interesting going on in his vicinity and you make sure your dog is looking at you to ensure obedience.
- You greet your dog enthusiastically when you come home.
- You wonder if there is a deeper meaning behind why your dog gets excited, barks, or lunges around other dogs, animals or people, or in the car.
- 6-8 Praiseworthy!
- 9-12 A little ‘ruff’ around the edges.
- 13-24 Your dog may be ready to run away from home!
ANSWERS (For more in-depth explanations, see the pages referenced in Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs)
- Repeating commands only reduces their meaning; page 38, ‘Establishing a Code of Conduct’
- A dog’s hearing is superior to ours. Since your dog can hear you, lower the volume and teach him to listen and understand; page 72 ‘Using Your Voice’
- If you fail to enforce commands, your dog will fail to recognize your words as anything more than common chatter; page 46, ‘Super “Sits,” “Stays,” and “Comes”‘
- Perfect listening skills by giving commands when your dog least expects them, and know how to enforce commands rather than using bribes; page 5
- Ignore your dog for the first 15 minutes of contact when you and your guests enter your home; page 100, ‘Guest Etiquette’
- Stop wondering and spend your energy learning how to achieve better control around distractions; page 44 ‘Lifesaving Distractions’