Why does the dog not obey on the street?
Owners sometimes after training with an instructor on a training ground or doing homework at home complain that their dog is executing commands on the training ground or at home, but just on the street becomes completely uncontrollable. Why does the dog not obey the owner on the street?
Why does the dog not obey on the street, although it obeys at home or on the playground?
The reason why the dog does not obey on the street, although it performs commands perfectly at home or on the court, is simple. As a rule, in this case it turns out that the owner deals with her exclusively at home or at the training site. And this is absolutely not enough.
The fact is that dogs generalize poorly. So, if you taught your pet the command “To Me” or “Near” on the site, it is obvious for the dog that this command needs to be carried out there. And another place is different conditions and other irritants, which for the dog is a significant increase in complexity. It is too difficult for her to concentrate on the requirements of the owner. In fact, for a dog this is almost a different team, which means that it is completely not a fact that the dog will fulfill it.
Even if you are used to giving a command, for example, with a gesture of your right hand, and suddenly decide to use a gesture of your left, a dog unaccustomed to such changes may not understand what you want from it.
So the dog does not listen on the street not because it is “bad” or acts “in spite”. She simply does not understand what you want, and / or is not able to concentrate on you.
What if the dog does not obey the owner on the street?
The answer to this question is obvious: you need to deal with the dog at different times of the day, in different places and with a different amount of stimuli, introducing as much variety into the training process as possible. But at the same time, one of the main principles of training must be observed: complexity increases gradually.
That is, if the dog is accustomed to execute the "Sit" command only at home, it is unreasonable to immediately go out onto a busy street with a lot of people, cars and loud noises and count on the perfect fulfillment of the skill. First you should train in a quiet, familiar dog place near the house where no one bothers you, and then start practicing the skill in different places, gradually increasing the number and strength of irritants.
Visit as many different locations as possible. The more places a dog regularly visits, the easier it is for it to adapt to new conditions and clearly execute a command in an unfamiliar environment. Moreover, the changes do not have to be global: for example, at first you can engage in several neighboring clearings in the same forest, on one and the other side of your house, give a command with your left and right hand, and so on.
Then you can increase the complexity and the number of irritants, for example, to engage when another dog is walking in the distance, and finally come to the conclusion that the dog will concentrate on you and listen, even if screaming children and barking dogs run around, cars and bicycles ride, birds fly and cats sniff, and anywhere you go.