19 July 2007 @ 11:26 am
My dog has selective hearing!  

I have an 8 month old Boston Terrier and she’s started to develop a bad habit of ignoring me when I call her. We’re signed up for obedience classes in August, but I need some help with this issue sooner because she’s getting worse.  I praise her when she finally does come when called, but it usually takes a few attempts before she’ll even pay attention to me.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!



a s h l e yashley_robin on July 19th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
I would try giving her something really good if she does what you want her to do. Not every time, but some of the time. Find out what her absolute favorite treat is, and use it!
The Girl in the Self Imposed Boxelisabat on July 19th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Fizzgig does this too. He'll totally ignore me when I call him. Then 15 minutes later he'll come over all happy "you called me? Where's my treat?". His trainer said to keep him on a very long leash and don't give him a choice about whether to come to me or not. If I call him and he ignores me, gently pull on the leash until he comes to me, then reward him heavily.
la_bellisima33la_bellisima33 on July 19th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Heh, she has leash issues too (obedience training can't start soon enough!)- she'd rather sit and chew on it than do anything else! I'll have to try this tonight and see how she reacts, thanks so much for the suggestion!
kitschicat on July 19th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
I second elisabat's recommendation of a long leash. My dad has used this method and in fact he sometimes just uses a length of clothesline so it's lighter. He calls the dog, if it doesn't immediately respond he will use the leash to reel them in while saying ", come!" and then rewarding them heavily when they reach him as if they had done it on their own. This will work with many, but not *all* dogs.

Hope this helps and the obedience classes help too!
Jessicajemntheambiens on July 19th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
I third the above two! Training class is awesome. We have learned so much in the past 6 weeks. I will continue traing my dog for the rest of his life with the things I have learned. Good Luck!
Alanalook_its_alana on July 20th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
In our family it's a matter of rank. I am viewed as an equal to her, so I have to call her and chase after her to get her inside. All my Mom has to do is call her name and she's in immediately, and my father just has to say "where's the dog?" and she's already running inside. It gets annoying after a while lol
la_bellisima33la_bellisima33 on July 20th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious! :)