In my last email I said that I was going to share 9 reasons why your dog doesn’t listen to you.

In this email I’m going to share the first two reasons why, but first…

…a quick story.

If I was still in high school, I would be on drugs. There would be no doubt about it, some guidance counselor would have suggested and strongly recommended that I be put on some type of drug therapy to get through high school.

You see, I barely, and I mean barely, squeaked out with a diploma. I was really just pushed through my junior and senior year of high school. When I look back on my school days, I was really just pushed through most of my schooling.

I was “diagnosed” as having a learning disability in the third grade. Today I would be classified as ADHD. It’s not that I couldn’t learn, I just had a very active brain and I was BORED out of my mind. I could not concentrate on what was being taught, but when I had a subject and a teacher that was interesting, I was at the top of my class.

So why do I share all of this with you?

Simple…

Training your dog boils down to getting your dog’s attention and keeping him interested in the training. Over the next few days I’ll share with you the nine reasons why your dog doesn’t listen to you. Today I’ll talk about the first two:

Reason 1

Short sessions: Dog training is best when you do it in short sessions. I always recommend that the sessions should not last more than 10 minutes. When you train longer than that, your dog loses attention and won’t listen to you.

Reason 2

Exercise: Dogs, like kids, won’t listen if they have too much pent up energy. Most of the time when I go to help a dog, I know within the first five minutes that the dog does not suffer from behavior or obedience problems, the dog has exercise problems.

This is especially true with young dogs. Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise and obedience will be much easier.

Coming up…more reasons why your dog doesn’t listen to you.

Reasons like:

  • Distractions
  • Avoidance behavior
  • And much more…

All the best,
Eric

P.S. If you really want your dog to listen to you, check out The Dog Training Inner Circle.