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Q: trouble with basic obediance

July 29, 2012 | By Dogz37 | 3 answers | Expired: 804 days ago

So recently my dog has stopped listening to me completly. It doesn't matter what I do he just won't listen, I know it isn't a problem with respect, he won't listen to anyone and he is not a dominate dog.

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Michele Z.
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Jul 29, 2012

A change in behavior could be indicative of a medical problem. Take your dog to a vet for an exam to ascertain if there is a health issue interfering with your dog's desire to be obedient.

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Ches21
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Jul 29, 2012

Has something changed recently if there has been a change in the house hold even just a small one that could be the problem.

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Jillian
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Aug 02, 2012

He could be sick like Michele suggested, or stressed like Ches suggested. If your vet says he's healthy and happy, I would look more into the respect area. He may find himself as alpha over you and everyone else, so consider your day-to-day with him.

Setting up boundaries is the best way to enforce the hierarchy. No jumping on the furniture w/o an invitation - lead him off and maintain eye contact until he will sit. Then sit on the furniture, wait a 3-count, and invite him up. Have him sit before meals. It doesn't matter if it takes 30 seconds or 30 minutes, you can wait longer than him. The other main thing is to not let him exit/enter the house before you {for the front} or w/o your okay {for the back}. Always stay calm and friendly, but firm. Dogs need constant consistency and praise throughout their entire life to maintain that level of respect and obedience. My dog's 11 and I still make her wait and praise her for being good, it keeps her attention and also keeps her happy.

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