Overcoming confusion at home
Do you ever experience the frustration of family members refusing to enrol in the possibility of your dog becoming a precision trained obedience genius?
Do your family members refuse to implement the same expectations as you do, or perhaps even contradict your teachings?
If so then know that you aren’t alone – it happens, and we run into it a lot with our clients.
Hiring a professional means that people are financially invested in creating better outcomes for their dog, and generally we are able to work with the whole family to get past any sticking points and get everyone on the same program.
So what if you don’t have us on your side? How can you try and deal with this yourself?
In most cases you can apply a little more patience and persistence and overcome the issue, though of course it is never easiest for the dog to have to work out that there is one set of expectations for you and another for certain family members.
You can minimise the stress on the dog by making sure that you train in a very enjoyable fashion with the dog – extra high value rewards.
Also, be sure not to give commands you don’t care enough about to follow up – and where you do remain calm and committed. This way when the dog gets confused he will learn that your way is the way associated with least stress and the most calm.
Another great strategy is to train patterns that are completely inconsistent with the situation in question – lots of repetitions and success for the dog early and often are the key to success here.
Perhaps you could even adopt a completely new training language for your dog? For example, if you are training your dog using German, Czech or French words then the dog can have one association with the words you use in training and another entirely for the words the family or flatmates use when they interact with the dog.
Do you have a story of how you have made a similar situation work for you and your dog, despite the inconsistency? Please share it with us in the comments below.