Puppy Ignores Me

Posted by Anasnow
Jan 19, 2012

I have a 13 week old Cavachon puppy. I got him 2 weeks ago. He understands a few commands like come, sit, no, and down, but he is stubborn. He doesn't always respond to the commands. He also is difficult to make pay attention. I know that he is young, but I also know he knows the commands. What can I do to make him stop ignoring me?
Posted by MaxHollyNoah
Jan 20, 2012
Hi Anasnow,

Congratulations on your new puppy! He sounds like a smart one, already knowing some commands.

However, the reason why he doesn't always respond is one of the two reasons:

1) he hasn't totally mastered those commands
2) there is not enough motivation for him to respond to your commands

Therefore, you will need to working on him using positive markers and rewards. Have you been giving him a praise and a treat every time he does what you ask him to do? You need to keep doing this until he follows your commands 100%. Then, you can start giving treats randomly, but always give him a positive marker (Yes! or Good boy!) so that he would know he is doing a good job.

To get his attention is also done by showing a treat. You can say "Watch me" and bring a treat between your eyes. When he follows the treat and give you an eye contact, say "Yes!" and give him the treat.

When you call him by his name or by saying "Come" or both and he comes to you, give him a treat. Don't eliminate treats for "Come" command so that he will learn that he gets a treat every time he comes to you when called. This will help you a lot later on since he will be learning perfect recalls

Make your training short and fun. Puppies don't have a long attention span so he gets bored or loses focus when it gets longer than 5 minutes.

Good luck
Posted by KOPCaroline
Jan 21, 2012
Hey anasnow,

I honestly can't add much to MHN's great advice - I would do everything she suggested! I do agree, 13 weeks old is awesome to have already begun to learn a few commands, but don't be too disheartened by some slip ups - he's only a pup with a limited attention span and a big desire to play and have fun! So just make sure training is play as well, and you should see better results