Dog Sense: Does your dog really understand its cues?

Cheri Spaulding and her dog, Geo.

“My dog knows it! He’s just being stubborn.” Do you find yourself saying this when your dog doesn’t follow your cue? I said it with embarrassment in training class before I was a trainer. 

What’s happening with the dog is a lack of generalization of the behavior. My dog would perform the behavior with some success in my living room. But I didn’t practice it with him in other places – the bedroom, garage, back yard, etc. I expected him to . . .