When dog obedience training slows

Dog obedience training should be your first step after bringing your new pet home. Your pet may have begun well and graduated with honours.

Finding out why training slowed or regressed is crucial to planning future actions. Your dog may no longer like training for numerous reasons.

Dog obedience training delays

Training regression, especially unexpected accidents after housebreaking, may indicate a health condition.


Is stress your best? Unlikely. Your dog too. Any major life changes? You may have adopted a pet or had a baby.


Consistency reduces dog confusion. Daily command practise? You obeying house rules? Cute dogs.


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Certain breeds are simpler to teach. Chihuahuas are harder to teach than golden retrievers and Labradors. Some breeds have traits you cannot "teach away.


Like newborns, puppies develop. Energy and curiosity changes may impair training. Older pets may also resist training. 


Helping your dog through training regression

During training, a vet and dog trainer can help. They're dog experts and have probably worked with families like yours.

Consult experts

It may take your dog longer to learn some instructions. Keep calm. Before trying sophisticated requests like rolling over, you may need to spend more practise on simple commands like sit and remain.

Expect less

Your dog never grows up. Lectures are incomprehensible. Make commands concise. “Fido, sit” is preferable than “Fido, baby, I need you to sit because it's crucial that you're patient and don't jump on me while I attempt to bring you dinner.” Speak firmly yet kindly.

Shorten commands

Slow or regressive dog obedience training can be frustrating. Keep calm. Your dog should respect and adore you, not fear you.

Be optimistic

Perfect. Attempt 5-minute home workouts daily. End with your dog performing a command. You and your dog should enjoy dog obedience training. Pets have phases too, which can cause training relapse.


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