Off Leash Obedience
Off leash obedience is an advanced skill. Until you and your dog have mastered all commands on a short leash, and then at a distance on a long line, don’t expect your dog to obey when he or she is not on a lead.

Too Excited to Listen
Many clients begin our conversations by exclaiming their dogs know Sit and Come. The next phrases during these discussions are "she won’t listen to me when visitors come into the house", or "she refuses to come inside when I call her."

My experiences have taught me that it’s rarely a stubborn refusal to sit or come. Training method flaws and lofty expectations are the root causes for these failures. In many cases the client doesn’t understand how to motivate their dogs to comply. In other cases, the client has never practiced in those situations and the dogs are not prepared to succeed. The dogs cannot match the owners’ expectations because the owners have not prepared the dogs for real life environments.

By Alan J. Turner, SATS LL1
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