Hello! 

 

I'm sure most if not all have struggled with dog training which is why I wanted to see if anyone had any advice to give on the subject. My goldend doodle pup is 5 months now and behaves fairly well indoors. He listens to basic commands like sit, stay, and come practically everytime. However, the second we get outdoors it's like none of that landed and we are back to square one. Any recommendations on how I can get him to listen outdoors (which in my opinion is most important)? 

 

Also, any advice on keeping him from snapping at your face on occasion. Sometimes when he gets in a playful mood he will jump up on the couch and try to lightly snap or paw at your face. Thanks in advance! 

 

 

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  • Inside has less distractions. It will come. Just keep workin on it. You can put him on a longer line when outdoors to 'help' him come when called. 

    • will give this a try! Thanks!

      • You MUST use a leash when training a puppy, both inside and out. You have to have a way to reinforce the command. Every time you give a command and the dog ignores it, that teaches the dog that obeying you is optional. With a leash, you say "come", and you have a way to get the dog to obey. Same with the other commands. 
        As for jumping at your face, teaching them not to jump up is also part of training. Start working on "off." Many of us keep a leash on our puppies even indoors. 

        • Thanks for the feedback! 

  • When our dogs don't listen it is because they either have NO idea what we expect of them, or they haven't learned to obey under distraction/in certain situations.  You have to train WITH distractions in order to have a dog that listens around distractions.  Yet you have to do it in a measured and systematic way.  YOu can't just throw your dog in a dog park and work that dog if the only thing it has experience with is your living room.  It has to be done little by little.  And you need your dog's attention fully on you as you go along.  Either way it is a deficit we have to fix through training.  I've been training my own dogs for a long time and we go to all sorts of places to train: fields, parking lots, parks, stores, etc.  I use food, random toys, other dogs, moving carts, people, etc.. for distractions. 

    But you need to scale it to your dog's ability and gradually increase the distraction and HOW to do this requires a lot of expertise.  A good reason to sign up for obedience classes--perfect age to start in formal obedience.  I just attended a lesson with an amazing trainer.  I've done a lot of good work so far, but I was struggling with certain distractions and this trainer was AH-MAZING.  He got my dog's brain in the game so smoothly and effectively without treats or an ecollar.  With me he loses his mind when he spots a dog at a distance.  With the trainer he was able to heel and sit inches away from a young labrador trying to get him to play.  A good trainer is worth their weight in gold in how they can help you improve your handling because it's ALWAYS YOUR handling (as it is mine with my dog).

    • Definitely will look into this and thanks for the input! 

       

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