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Why Do Dogs Say No?

Dogs are often thought of as obedient animals, expected to follow commands without fail. However, it is important to remember that dogs are not machines and may occasionally disregard a command or say “no” despite their training and disposition. In this article, we will explore the reasons behind a pet’s disobedience and provide insight into why your dog or puppy may choose to ignore your commands.

Dog or Puppy Is Sick

If your dog or puppy is not listening to your commands, it’s possible that they might be feeling sick. Just like humans, dogs can also experience a lack of energy when they are unwell. Therefore, it’s important to watch out for other signs of sickness such as loss of appetite, excessive thirst, and persistent sneezing. It’s advisable to take your dog to a vet if you notice any of these symptoms. Instead of worrying about your dog not obeying, prioritize their health and well-being.

Dog or Puppy Received Improper Training

If your dog or puppy doesn’t follow your commands, it can be frustrating. Even if they want to please you, they might not understand what you are asking for due to improper training. During training, your dog’s behavior may not have been addressed when they responded incorrectly to commands, leading to confusion. This can cause them to say “no” because they don’t understand what you want. To resolve this issue, it’s essential to ensure that your pet receives the proper training they need.

Dog or Puppy Is Feeling Afraid

As humans, we tend to give priority to the emotion of fear. When we experience fear, we tend to take immediate action to protect ourselves and ignore everything else for a while. Similarly, our dogs can also exhibit this behavior when they feel scared. So, how can you determine if your pet is feeling scared? According to Purina, common signs of fear in dogs include panting, yawning, trembling, pacing, hiding, growling, and displaying other signs of aggression. It’s important to remember that disobedience can sometimes be a result of fear.

Dog or Puppy Is Distracted

If your dog is ignoring your commands, it could be because they are trying to hunt down an animal they saw in your yard or someone in your family is drawing their focus. Don’t scold them for disobedience before taking these factors into account because they may be directly influencing your dog’s behavior. Just wait for a bit and then be sure to say their name when you try again.

If you’d like to learn more about why your dog might be saying “no”, our dog trainer Cathy would be more than happy to help. Schedule a complimentary call today: https://app.10to8.com/book/zxznlfrciytyebkoug/. To learn more about her dog training approach, watch the short video on our dog training page.




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