Let’s find out what to do if your dog does not obey, and let’s ask ourselves why, and wonder if we made any mistakes in his education…
Why do dogs not obey?
Many expect that, at the first call of the master, the puppy will come running. In fact, having a dog that obeys right away is not a given, just as it’s not a given for children. Even a child needs someone to teach him right from wrong.
Why should a three-month-old puppy understand requests like “sit” “lay down” and “come”? To claim this means putting the canine intelligence and their learning ability above that of a child.
What to do if my dog does not obey commands
Classic basic commands such as “sit”, “come”, and “stay” are useful to supplement the dog in society, urbanize it, as they say. A dog capable of sitting on command, standing still or waiting when asked is able to participate in public life and to be with his adoptive parents in most situations without creating discomfort for anyone.
These expressions, however, should be aroused and not imposed: for example, to trach a dog to sit one should pass his hand over the dogs head with a curved motion that goes from the bottom (nose) to the top (front-back) And from the front to the rear, so as to bring the dog back and sit back, then reward it once he’s sat down.
Teaching the dog these behaviors is very useful; provided that the assumption is that they are not really commands for the dog, but the result of a collaboration between the dog and his master. The dog is, by its nature, not obedient but collaborative, and thinking of turning it into a machine under our control, besides being ethically wrong, penalizes a precious covenant capable of giving much to both parties.