There may be instances wherein you get confused about why your pet is acting in some sort of way.
Dog owners often complain that their dogs obey them at home, but when they are outdoors, their training appears to be forgotten. This behavior is usually mistaken as being headstrong, dominant, or mischievous; but in truth, the cause is more likely due to incomplete training. Canines process information differently than humans, who excel at generalization. This can cause frustration for owners, as their dogs may not comprehend what is desired of them in different contexts. As a result, many assume their pet knows the command or technique since they accomplished it at home.
Whenever you have shown your puppies how to obey the “sit” command in the living room if visitors come by and they start jumping all over them, asking your puppy to sit might be ignored. Consequently, this will cause them to keep on leaping at your guests. The pup, then, isn’t necessarily being disobedient on purpose; it’s just not comprehending your request in the current situation. It’s a significant shift from what the dog is used to – new people who are very eager. You’re now behind them instead of guiding them. This all might be too much for the pooch to handle; it would be like expecting someone to play tennis after only teaching them basketball.
It can be tough to get your pup to obey you, especially when they are in a different setting. Experts recommend devoting time to teaching them how to react in a number of situations, which is referred to as ‘taking a behavior on the road’ or ‘generalizing a behavior’.
Training a new behavior can start off in an environment that is not overly distracting, such as a quiet room. Once your pet has become comfortable with the process and is responding appropriately, you can gradually introduce other scenarios like the kitchen, bedrooms, and front door. After becoming acclimated to one area, progress to introducing the behavior in other areas of your home. Training should move quickly so that your pup can retain what it has learned. A variety of contexts can help accelerate the process. Factors such as distractions, emotional state, and the trainer’s position may cause difficulty for your dog during training. Start by teaching in low-distraction environments and progress to more challenging ones.
Always remember, dog training takes time. Success wouldn’t be achieved in a day, which is why you should always be patient, positive, and understanding when training your beloved furry friend.