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Puppy does not hear on a walk: why and what to do?

One of the most frequent requests to dog behavior and training specialists sounds something like this: "the puppy does not obey on a walk", while at home it perfectly follows all the commands.

Owners often formulate the request from the point of view of the dog's unwillingness to obey - the puppy ignores me, the puppy does not want to obey commands, the puppy does not come to the pooch, etc... What actually happens to a young dog after going for a walk, are those bananas in the ears to blame, and most importantly - what to do with it all?

For the first time, the owner may face complete ignorance even when the first walks with the puppy begin. And this is quite natural. Up to a certain age, the puppy interacts only with its relatives and is in a puppy enclosure or in the breeder's house. Then the baby moves to a new home and during the quarantine studies the housing, your family, toys and objects available to him. He hears the noise of the hair dryer and the clatter of dishes, listens to music with you and watches the cat. All this is well known and familiar to him.

But the cherished day "X" comes and the puppy goes for his first walk. It meets new smells, sounds, sees unfamiliar objects and places, moving cars and unfamiliar people. All these new stimuli absorb the puppy's attention. His perception organs are overloaded and there is simply not enough strength to hear you at this time.

How to walk with a puppy on the street so that he obeys? All you can do in this situation is to give him time to look around, digest the events and not to delay the first exits into the world. And also go out first in very calm and quiet places, and at a time when there are not many people and dogs on the street. In this way, the puppy's nervous system will adapt to the new reality more easily and it will be easier for him to pay at least a drop of attention to you.

Another important tool is food. Do not go out with your puppy without a supply of his favorite treats. With their help, you can reinforce the good behavior of the baby, create positive associations and explain that even if there are so many interesting things around - you always have something more valuable for him.

You can also start learning simple commands at home. Do something that will be fun and enjoyable for both of you to start training your puppy: sit, give me your paw, put your paws on objects. As soon as the puppy adapts a little, start doing these simple exercises outside. The main thing is to keep the training short, fun and enjoyable for the puppy. Then the interaction with you outside will be a valuable experience that he will want to repeat.
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