Monday, August 16, 2010

My Dog Wont Listen To Me?

I have a 2 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who has become increasingly disobedient, she keeps running away from me and having me chase her around the streets as soon as soon as I let her into the garden to go to the toilet. My girlfriend can let her out and watch her and she wont run off and just does what she has to and comes back in but this just doesnt happen when I let her out. Can anyone advise me how best to get her back under control?...My Dog Wont Listen To Me?
don't feel bad my 4 year old siberian husky don't ether but i love her any wayMy Dog Wont Listen To Me?
You can put her on a leash first.
Discipline generally helps when she's being disobedient, but if she does something you like, perhaps walk over to you and not run away, reward her immediately. Timing is everything when it comes to rewards and punishment.

Can't exactly see the dog myself, so I can't say if she's afraid of you or is threatened by you or just doesn't like you, but those can be problematic.
You should watch Dog Whisperer. Its good stuff :) It showed me how to teach my dog how to stop barking at people walking by
obedience training and constant working with her.
you need to train her go to obedience classes and keep her on a lead until she is trained
Usually when a dog doesnt do as you ask of it that means the dog doesnt respect you. He doesnt see you as a pack leader like he should. You just have to put your foot down and let him know you mean business. Start in a confined space first inside your home. Once he comes to you without fail then he's ready to try it outside. Giving treats everytime your dog does what you want him to will let him know he's doing the right thing. He will eventually get to the point where he'll do as you ask with or without the treats.
I think praise is the best kind of training. When you are training or taking your dog for a walk, bring some little treats. You find them in most good pet shops. When you give a command like heal, pull the dogs lead to your side and when he walks close by you, praise him and give him a little treat. The same with sit. Push your dogs bum down and praise him and give him a treat. Another good way to train your dog is a clicker. These things have been scientifically tested to help your animal learn. If all else fails, if you want to spend the money on dog training classes. It is a bit like school for dogs. I hope this helps and good luck.
I would start off by having her on a leash. If she pulls at it and doesn't stay with you then she's not ready to be let off. If she does happen to get loose don't yell at her. When you're angry she won't want to come near you. Tell her 'No'; if she is walking away from you but praise her if she is coming towards you. You may have to use an excited ';girl'; voice to get her to come to you. That may be why your girlfriend has more luck with her. Make sure you don't chase her-ever! This not only may scare her, but she may think of it as a game and you don't want that : ) Good luck.
I would say the best thing would be a training school, especially with bull terriers, who can be extremely stubborn dogs. If thats not an option though I would just say rigorous training. Lots of treats and make sure to always praise when doing something right. The dog whisperer suggestion is good, although i wouldn't recommend doing everything he says if your not a trained professional he can give you some good ideas. Is your backyard not fenced in? You might want to think about doing that.
Obedience training. Until you find a class and attend, only allow her out on a long line with you.
Either put her on a leash or fence in your yard. Most communities have leash laws so dogs aren't running loose in the street.
If she has just started to stop listening to you play with her all the time? If you are spending your time playing with her maybe you need to start taking time to go over training basics with her again. She may be 'forgetting' that you are the 'alpha' for lack of a better word. I just mean that maybe she needs to get more 'direction' from you even if she is trained. Just reinforcement training time.

I am assuming she is already trained if this has just started with you but she is still doing the right thing when it is NOT you.
We have a labrador and a patterdale terrier. I do all the walking, cleaning feeding and training and they listen to me. They also listen to my 2 year old daughter, as she's the one who helps with walking and feeding. On the other had my other half gets play time with them and cuddles. Who do you think the dogs listen to. Yep that's right me, for me the walk to heal for my partner they pull like mad. The patterdale barks and they are so unruly for him, he wouldn't dream of letting them of lead without a huge supply of chicken.

You need to be the one walking the dog to build that bond. The dog needs to respect you.
Obedience training would have prevented many of these problems and can help solve the bad behaviors that exist. Many people think that obedience training is something that is done to a dog to make it perform some artificial activity on command. But if we turn the words around, we'll be closer to a real definition: Obedience training is to train dogs to be obedient, to obey anything and everything they're told to do. It covers a wide range of lessons a dog can learn, including tricks, family manners, show ring exercises, and skills demonstrations. Sniffing dogs, service dogs for handicapped owners, search and rescue dogs, sled and carting dogs, hunting dogs -- all carry their obedience training to the highest degree. They have been trained to obey an unusual set of commands that increase their value as helpers to man.

Training tips here,

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