Features September 2017 Issue

The 3 Reasons Dogs Ignore Our Cues

Many owners are quick to say that their dogs are stubborn, stupid, or “mad” at them – that’s why the dogs aren’t “doing what they’re told.” But there are far more logical and likely explanations for the perceived defiance. For example, the dog may be unaware that his owner is even talking to him!

The 3 Reasons Dogs Ignore Our Cues

How to help your dog hear and understand your cues, and want to cooperate with your requests.

Dogs sometimes don’t do what we ask them to do. Annoyed, we might repeat a cue several times – louder and a little more sternly each time – usually with very little effect. “Fido, come here. Fido. Come. FIDO. I said here! COME! I mean it!” We all do it. I once heard someone threaten to count to three – or else! (It didn’t work.) Often, the dog is then labeled as “stubborn.” It’s easy to think that’s the reason he “won’t listen.” I get it. It does kind of look like your dog is blowing you off.

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