Is there any instances where your dogs seem don’t hear what you told them even though you are already shouting? If you’ve observed this to your dogs or any other dogs, they may possibly suffer from selective hearing. What is selective hearing and what is its role on trainers like you?
Selective Hearing from Being Stubborn
Some of you may call your Siberian Huskies stubborn by not listening to your orders. Well in this case, as a guide and trainer of your dogs, you should be responsible for knowing the reasons behind. Remember that you are dealing with dogs and not humans. So it will be more difficult to communicate and train them. Some of your dogs may become confused with the instructions that you’ve given. This is often one of the reasons why your communication with them is not complete or successful.
Difficulty in Motivating Dogs
Most of you think that your dogs have selective hearing, which brings challenge to you as a trainer. With this condition, you will have the difficulty in motivating and communicating with them. Some of dog breeds that have these include Akita, Beagle, Jack Russel Terrier, Dachshund, Welsh terrier, Chinese Shar-Pei and the Siberian Huskies.
With the cute and so adorable huskies, you often do whatever they wanted. That is why there are times that when you ask them to do something, they are often not listening. These dogs often do the things that they desire. It portrays dominance and if you allow them continuously and freely do it, you will not get the response that you wanted.
Remember that your Huskies are smart dogs. Aside from that, they also have strong will. This fact urges you to become smarter than them. If you will not do it, they will outsmart you. That is why when dealing or communicating with them you should know that you are superior to them. Be more dominant than your dogs.
Huskies’ Typical Behavior
Having a selective hearing is not really considered a genetic trait. It is actually present and common in their breed. Some behaviors that you usually observed in your Huskies include the following:
•As dogs, they’re really not significant regarding their options as well as behaviors just to please the creatures that surround them.
•Originally these dogs are purposely created for pulling sleds that is why some of them are really not into following your commands or instructions.
•With the knowledge regarding the nature of these sled dogs, their behaviors should not be taken that serious. If these dogs act harsh on you, control your temper and think that you still need to invest more of your time and effort in training them. Remember that these dogs are single minded so maintain your patience all the time.
Considering Training that is based on Relationship
You’ve learned that these dogs have an awesomely deep feeling on everything. They are also sensitive dogs. With this, though your Huskies are oftentimes difficult to manage, good relationships could be built. When you become successful in nurturing as well as engaging them to a healthy and mutual connection, you can now train them based on the deep relationship you’ve built.
Effective Training for dogs with Selective Hearing
To avoid selective hearing among your dogs, you should do an effective training, which includes the relationship based approach. For you to become effective and successful in this training, you should show to them that you are the type of leader that’s worthy to follow. If they observed that you have the characteristics, attitudes or behavior of a leader or an alpha, they will be submissive to you.
Showing dominance doesn’t mean that you’ll be cruel, terrorize and intimidate them. This type of relationship training is more about forming a command presence which persuades your dogs to follow your orders within their hearts.
Dogs’ Perspective regarding Worthy Leader
Human beings like you have perceived characteristics of leaders. You have your own standards and criteria. This is also evident in dogs’ setting. For them, worthy leaders are consistent, confident, firm and the one who makes them feel secure. If your dogs don’t see you as worthy to be followed, then there will be selective hearing.
Working on Relationship or Connection with your Dogs
Establishing a good bonding or relationship with your dogs is very important in the success of their training. If you don’t get along with your dogs well, training them and achieving the desired result will surely be extra hard. Problems or incident on non compliance will also be high.
Making your relationship as a foundation for training will be better. Throughout the training, remember to be more patient because there are no shortcuts in achieving your goals. Committing your time, effort and energy is vital.
The Reasons behind Dogs’ Selective Hearing
Several of you may wonder and ask why your Huskies have this selective hearing. The following will explain you why:
•Some of your predictable training routine may become boring for them. This is one of the reasons why they don’t listen to you.
•When training them or giving command, you probably don’t give them delightful treats. If they are not enticed with the treats or rewards you give, it will not be an effective reward.
•Failure to practice or reinforce the basic skills that you teach them. Thoroughly practice or exercising what has been learned.
•Being trapped in the notion that your dogs are being trained in a classroom like humans do. Then you expect that when outside of it, they will just listen to whatever you say. It’s never like that.
•Commanding a dog to do what you want though they are not in good state. For example, when they are distracted or not feeling well. If you want them to obey you, you can start training them with the presence of varied distractions.
•Some dog owners become forgetful to give their dogs a feedback or praise (like “good job”) when teaching them new skills, it is always essential to acknowledge their training progress.
Teaching your dogs how to properly listen and obey when you’re giving command is vital. This just shows that you are being respected by your dogs. If your training is still not enough, just go on and always try.